Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is 41 today, 15 September. Surprising because we’ve known her from when she was 25, and in the 16 years since, it didn’t concretely occur to us that time was racing past. In these 16 years, she has become arguably our pre-eminent conversation starter in identity politics as well as the most influential Nigerian on the global level. How best to weigh the special place she has come to occupy at the crossroads of literature, feminism, politics, fashion, and pop culture? Highlight each moment. To mark her attainment of age 40 last year, we decided to count down the 25 times we couldn’t stop talking about the most talked-about literary writer in the world. This year, we have updated the moments to 28. From 2003 to 2018: ranked. Did we miss anything? Is our ranking on point? Do sound off in the comments section. 28. PURPLE HIBISCUS PUBLISHED (2003) In October 2003, after a number of rejections, Purple Hibiscus was published by a small press, Algonquin Books. While it was her third publication, following the poetry collection Decisions (1997) and the play For Love of Biafra (1998), it was her first post-juvenilia work and the one that—backed… Read full this story
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