Chimamanda Adichie on Perspective and Stereotypes

Chimamanda Adichie talks about her experience stereotyping other Nigerians and her experiences being stereotyped as an “African” when she came to the United States.

I came across this TED Talk on an adoption board I visit frequently and I thought I would share it.

About Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie(born September 15, 1977) is a Nigerian writer.

Born in the town of Enugu, she grew up in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother was the university registrar.

Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college. After studying communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, she transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to live closer to her sister, who had a medical practice in Coventry. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2001.

In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in African studies from Yale University.

Adichie was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005-2006 academic year. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has also been awarded a 2011-2012 fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

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  1. Pingback: Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story « Writing Tips

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