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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her lecture in honour of Kwani? Magazine’s 10th anniversary, and then she joked: “I wrote other bad novels which I hope nobody ever sees. But Purple Hibiscus was the first one that I loved.” When she […]

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For Just N7,000, Sunshine Bookseller Will Sell You All Six Books by Chimamanda Adichie

For just N7,000, Nigeria’s Sunshine Bookseller is ready to sell you a collection of all six books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. That would mean her three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Americanah (2013); her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009); and her two essay books, We […]

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Read the Latest Issue of the Oldest Student Journal in West Africa | The Muse 44

The Muse, a journal of creative and critical writing in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was founded in 1963 and is reputed to be the oldest student journal in West Africa. Housed in the university’s Department of English and Literary Studies, the journal launched its 44th Issue in 2016. The Issue, designed to mark the […]

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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

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  A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is aimed at getting all New Yorkers to simultaneously read a particular book. New York City and its metropolitan region has a population of 23 million, and even if only a fraction of that number […]

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On Half of a Yellow Sun, Emotional Truth, & the Pain of Fiction: Chimamanda Adichie in Conversation with The Muse Journal of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun marked its tenth anniversary in 2016. The novel was published in 2006 and soon became a critical and commercial success, winning her the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize. In 2015, Half of a Yellow Sun ranked tenth in BBC’s list of 21st Century classics and was named the Baileys […]

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Who is Adichie’s Favorite? Olanna or Kainene?

Is Chimamanda Adichie #TeamKainene or #TeamOlanna? We’ve always wondered about this question. But seeing that authors are always so squeamish about publicly favoring one character over another, we never imagined we’d ever know which of the two sisters Adichie favored. Now we know, thanks to Sarah Hannan, who asked Adichie during a web chat organized by The […]

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“Half of a Yellow Sun”: A Decade On | Otosirieze Obi-Young | Essay

  It was still 2003, September, and Purple Hibiscus had not even come out. She had just won another prize for what is, perhaps, her greatest ever short story. But her victory’s highlight, in retrospect, was not her winning but what happened after she won. Writing in The ScoopNG, James Eze recounts what Obi Iwuanyanwu, […]

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Must Watch Video! Adichie, Onyeka Onwenu, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Biyi Bandele on The Red Carpet of Half of a Yellow Sun London Premier

You’ve seen the pictures. Here is the red carpet interview of the Half of a Yellow Sun cast at the London premier. The film was premiered at the BFI film festival last month. Chimamanda still looks gorgeous in her threaded (kiko) hairdo. But this Bandele guy, though. Very fine man, no? LOL. Enjoy!

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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