Internationally-acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will visit ECU on April 2, 2014 as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series. The Nigerian-American poet and novelist is the author of "The Purple Hibiscus" and "Half of Yellow Sun," frequent titles on ECU course reading lists.
Adichie won the Orange Prize (one of the best of the British prizes) for her second novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2009), a novel named after the flag of the short-lived nation of Biafra and set during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-1970. Her first novel "Purple Hibiscus" (2003) won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book (2005). Her latest book "Americanah" (2013) is the story of the Americanization of a young Nigerian woman in Obama-era America learning the difference between “African-American” and “American-African.”
As of today, Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” has reached over four million viewers. [http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html]
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