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Where exactly is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from?

by Staff writer



Award-winning writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie whose work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications is easily one of the most successful African writers of her time.

We all know Adichie is Nigerian, but where exactly in Nigeria is the popular writer from?


Delivering a speech at the ceremony to mark Anambra’s Governor Willie Obiano’s 100 days in office, Adichie disclosed:


"I am from Abba, in Njikoka Local Government Area. My mother is from Umunnachi in Dunukofia Local Government Area. I grew up in Nsukka, in Enugu State, a town that remains deeply important to me, but Abba and Umunnachi were equally important to me.

"My childhood was filled with visits. To see my grandmother, to spend Christmas and Easter, to visit relatives. I know the stories of my great grandfather and of his father, I know where my great grandmother’s house was built, I know where our ancestral lands are."

The 40-year-old writer added:

"Abum nwa afo Umunnachi, nwa afo Abba, nwa afo Anambra. I am proud of Anambra State. And if our sisters and brothers who are not from Anambra will excuse my unreasonable chauvinism, I have always found Igbo as spoken by ndi Anambra to be the most elegant form of Igbo!"

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