Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • Some of Nigeria's Best
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Fela Kuti
  • Seal
  • Seun Kuti
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Femi Kuti
  • King Sunny Ade
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Ben Okri
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Genevieve Nnaji
  • Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Sade
  • Nwankwo Kanu
  • Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An Igbo writer born in the town of Enugu, Nigeria, 36-year-old Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been heralded as one of the most prominent young authors by a number of esteemed outlets, including BBC and The New Yorker. Her acclaimed debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, which she subsequently won for her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. The former novel was recently adapted for film, starring fellow Nigerian Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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