Born 15 SEPT 1977
Chimamanda Adichie is a native of Abba, Nigeria, in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state, Southeast Nigeria. She is married to Ivara Esegee.


Purple Hibiscus is Adichie's first full length novel. It details the marital frustrations of the heroine who finally kills her tyrannical husband in order to be free of a ruthless marriage. Both style and content shows the experimental Adichie who uses almost Americanist methods in resolving a problem that is supposedly situated in Africa.

Along this dimension therefore, this work lacks authenticity as African fiction. Written in good prose, the work makes interesting reading especially while presenting the events through the eyes of the child-heroine whose innocent quizzical attitude contrasts sharply with the complexities of daily existence in a house ruled by a fanatical father.

The style of fictional resolution, reminiscent of deux ex machine methods, points to amateurishness in craftsmanship. Her later novels show certain maturity of style and theme that Purple Hibiscus lacks.


  • Purple Hibiscus (2003)
  • Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)
  • The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)
  • Americanah (2013)


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