Things to Know About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian Author Sampled On Beyoncé’s “Flawless”
1. As mentioned, the sample Beyoncé used on “Flawless” is from Adichie’s TEDx talk earlier this year called “We Should All Be Feminists.” You can watch the full talk here.
2. She likes to be called by her first name, Chimamanda, and doesn’t like anyone shortening it. “[It] means ‘My god will not fail me.’ Most Igbo names have incredible meanings. It’s a lovely language. Musical. Incredible names. Life affirming names.”
3. She gave her first TED talk, called “The Danger of a Single Story,” in 2009, described on the site thusly: “Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.” Watch it here.
4. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale.
5. She is the author of the novel Americanah, which is included on many book critics Best of lists for 2013. Here’s a great interview she did with NPR about the book. She’s also the author of the award-winning novels Purple Hibiscus andHalf of a Yellow Sun, as well as an award-winning book of short stories called The Thing Around Your Neck.
6. The literary talents she most admires are Iris Murdoch and Jamaica Kincaid.