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Chimamanda Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. The 38 year old author who is expecting a child soon is a year older today.

Here are things you need to know about  her:

1. She was born on the 15th of September 1977 (38 years)

2. Adichie, who was born in the city of Enugu, grew up the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia; she transferred to Eastern Connecticut state university to be near her sister, who had a medical practice in Coventry University.

6. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern, with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2001. In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at John Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.

7. Adichie divides her time between Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops, and the United States. 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.

8. She is married to Ivara Esege and she is currently pregnant for her first child.

9. Her popular novels include Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a yellow sun (2006), Americana (2013) and We Should All Be Feminists, (2014).  The thing around  your neck.  Adichie published a collection of poems in 1997 (Decisions) and a play (For Love of Biafra) in 1998.

10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sampled talk parts in Beyoncé’s song “Flawless”. She has won lots of awards and has different recognitions both internationally and locally.