Nigerian-Italian illustrator Diana Ejaita redesigned the covers for all of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and they look absolutely stunning. The reprints are published by Dutch publisher Uitgeverij De Bezige Bij, and they will be available in Dutch.
The covers look absolutely incredible as each book features a solid color on the top half of the cover with Adichie’s name in bold, while the bottom half focuses on an illustration centering the characters and themes in the story. Stylistically, the book covers speak to each other and form one cohesive whole, embodying the colorful and vibrant spirit of Adichie’s works.
This redesign is no small feat as Adichie is one of the most celebrated African authors today with many award-winning literary works to her name. Adichie is an award-winning Nigerian author of several novels, including Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013). She was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2008 and received the PEN Pinter Prize in 2018. She was also recognized as one of the BBC’s 100 Women of 2021.
Ejaita posted about the covers on her Instagram and was thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate with her favorite writer:
and then you get to redress up all the books of your favourite writer…A sneak peak on the new covers I did for the reprint of all @chimamanda_adichie books published by @debezigebij –
e-book and audiobook available now, print in the coming months- and yes… in dutch 🙂
Diana Ejaita is a Nigerian-Italian illustrator and textile designer, currently based in Berlin, Germany, and Lagos, Nigeria. In 2014, Ejaita started a fashion label, called WearYourMask, inspired by West African traditions and her Italo-Nigerian heritage. In 2019, Ejaita’s work was featured in a Berlin exhibition called Afro Futures. Fashion – Hair – Design. She has designed covers for The New Yorker magazine and illustrated a Google Doodle commemorating Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian educator and women’s rights activist.
Congrats to Ejaita on designing these stunning covers! Check them out below:
Note: All images sourced from Diana Ejaita’s Instagram @dianaejaita.