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- UBC Connects: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
UBC Connects: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Presented by UBC President Santa J. Ono
In partnership with alumni UBC
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning Nigerian author whose work has been translated into over thirty languages.
Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her 2013 novel, Americanah, won the US National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Ms. Adichie is also the author of the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.
Ms. Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Her 2009 TED Talk, “The Danger of A Single Story”, is now one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talk, “We Should All Be Feminists”, has started a worldwide conversation about feminism and was published as a book in 2014.
She was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015. In 2017, Fortune Magazine named her one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ms Adichie has received honorary doctorate degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins University, Haverford College, Williams College, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, and SOAS, University of London.
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