Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is the author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus
(2003), Half of a Yellow Sun
(2006), and Americanah
(2013), of a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck
She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008).