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CONTEMPORARY WRITERS SERIES PRESENTS ORANGE PRIZE WINNER CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

CONTEMPORARY WRITERS SERIES PRESENTS ORANGE PRIZE WINNER CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE Wednesday, April 2 @ 7:30 pm in Hendrix Theater

Internationally acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will visit East Carolina University on April 2, 2014 as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series. The Nigerian-American poet and novelist is the author of The Purple Hibiscus and Half of Yellow Sun, frequent titles on ECU course reading lists.

Adichie won the Orange Prize (one of the best of the British prizes) for her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun (2009), a novel named after the flag of the short-lived nation of Biafra and set during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-1970.  Her first novel Purple Hibiscus (2003) won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book (2005).  Her latest book Americanah (2013) is the story of the Americanization of a young Nigerian woman in Obama-era America learning the difference between “African-American” and “American-African.”  As of today, Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” has reached over four million viewers. [http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html]

ECU English professor Richard Taylor  has observed: “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie picked up the mantle of Chinua Achebe and has, in a short time, transcended the boundaries of her Nigerian home and become an important figure in world literature.” ECU graduate student Kevin Nosalek, who is writing his Master’s thesis on Adichie, says, “The one thing that stands out about Adichie and the one way she has influenced me the most was her concept of ‘The Danger of a Single Story.’ Hearing her words in this speech was my first real ‘a-ha’ moment while pursuing my Master’s degree. Adichie changed the way I read and, most importantly, understand African literature. Through her work, she brought Nigeria and Africa to me on a personal level with characters with whom I can relate and recognize despite the differences in our cultures.”Unknown