20 Feb 2014

Photos: Proudly Nigerian Hairstyles by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born 15 September 1977) is a writer from Nigeria. She has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature".

Born in the city of Enugu, she grew up the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father James Nwoye Adichie was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother Grace Ifeoma was the university's first female registrar. Her family's ancestral village is in Abba in Anambra State.

Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university's Catholic medical students. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college. After studying communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, she transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to live closer to her sister, who had a medical practice in Coventry. She received a bachelor's degree from Eastern, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2001.
In 2003, she completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in African studies from Yale University.
Adichie was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005–2006 academic year. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has also been awarded a 2011–2012 fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Adichie, who is married, divides her time between Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops, and the United States.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful hairstyles that we grew up with; how awesome of you to bring them back and stand firmly for our natural African beauty.
    Growing up as a teenager in Nigeria, I (along with everyone else) always felt confident and beautiful in these wonderful hairstyles, and couldn’t wait to go get my hair done. Unfortunately things changed, and many people have become so self-conscious and ashamed of their natural hair that in America, as well as Nigeria, even teenagers began wearing oyibo weaves/wigs to school.
    Recently, I am glad that more beautiful women of color have begun to find the courage to go back to their natural hair/hairstyle, but even they will tell you that it takes a lot of courage to stay with it. I am very happy to be one of those women who have now completely re-embraced our African beauty with my new Afro-centric hairstyles, and I would not have it any other way!!!
    Thanks for re-affirming my conviction that these hairstyles are indeed professional looking, and you can wear them with your suits or white coats, go to any meetings or see your patients, and even be the key-note speaker for any occasion and still be stunningly beautiful in them, etc.!!