World Famous | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The experience I had about the icon we will discuss today brought the idea of this section to reality. You can only imagine that there one thousand and one Nigerians out there doing the country proud that back in the country, only a few people know about them. If you are not in the entertainment industry, there might be little or nothing the young generation will know about you, while when many people in developed countries are queuing up to dine with you.

“In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous” “In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous”

After living in Nigeria for over 30 years, I felt really baffled that a great person like this, young and with these great achievements would not have her name on the lips of every young person in Nigeria. She should be one of those whose name, the achievements, her story should be used to cancel and guide young people in schools still deciding on what they want to be in life. She is extremely talented, beautiful and every bit of her words will blow you away.

The UBER Days

In one of my struggling days, while I was in graduate school, I was driving for UBER to complement my little job in order to meet up with my bills and pay for college, was when stumbled on a video on YouTube where this great beautiful lady was giving a valedictory speech in Harvard University. The motive was to just look for content on YouTube to listen to just to cool off the stress of that period when music was not enough to do the job.

That was the first time I heard about this lady, and Alas, it was a moment never to be forgotten. For a moment, I pulsed and wondered why would her name not everywhere in Nigeria? Why did I not hear about her before now? While all that was going on in my mind, I never knew that my passengers too were enjoying the new vibes I just launched at them. Before the speech concluded, the passengers I had were all asking about her, and from her speech, they were getting more inquisitive about Nigeria. I know that for a moment, the speech got them a new perspective about the country called Nigeria.

I was not only happy that I got some speech that lifted my mood, once again, but I was also happy to have come from the same country as her. She is extremely talented. I didn’t wait on that speech alone, I immediately searched for another and another and another until the end of the day. At some point, I would ask my riders if they would want me to play them any music and they all, on that day, asking me to please let the speech go on. Am telling you, you can touch the dial when she is on the microphone. She is that good.

I wish this could go on and on because I actually played those speeches, at least all I could find on the internet, for as long as I wanted and none of the riders I had ever complained, instead, they as about her name and proudly I told them the country where she is from too. She deserves to be heard and known more, especially in her home country. She is an icon and I have a lot of respect for her and her crafts.

Meet our Famous

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in 1977 in Enugu State to a family of two educationists, Grace Ifeoma and James Nwoye Adichie. Her father was the first professor of statistics in Nigeria and her mum was the first female registrar at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

After her secondary education at the University’s school, receiving several academic prizes, she went to study medicine at the University of Nigeria Nsukka for about a year and a half before deciding to follow her dreams in communication. That must have been a hard decision, especially in Nigeria where there is so much respect for medical doctors. Who would quit being a doctor to become a writer? I know of one- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She made this huge decision at 19 years.

Coming to study communication in the United States, the schools that have been blessed by her attendance are Drexel University in Philadelphia, Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005-2006 academic year, an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008, and she was awarded a fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University in 2011-2012.

Some of the great novels written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are Purple Hibiscus which was released in October 2003, Half of a Yellow Sun which was published in August 2006 in the United Kingdom and in September 2006 in the United States, Americanah which was published in 2013.

With pride, I tell you that she has received several awards and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. Worthy of note is that her 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story is now one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all times with well over 24 million views.

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