African/African Diaspora Artist Series

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977.  She is the author of three novels:  Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) - now a movie, and Americanah (2013), and a short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009).

She has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007), a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008), and the (2013) National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award for Americanah.

This is a rescheduled visit.

Chimamanda Ngoiz Adichie, author of "Americanah"

Public Lecture with Chimamanda Adichie

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
FRENCH HALL room 251

A book signing will take place immediately following the lecture.


FREE Teachers' Workshop with Author

An all day Educators' Workshop with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and faculty from the Department of Africana Studies and other Universities will hold:

William S. White Building, Tuscola Room
8:30 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Discussion of her books Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck, and Americanah.  (Free copies given to all participants.)  Breakfast and lunch included.

To register or for more information contact Judy Bedore    


History and Funding for the Series

AFRICAN WRITER FOR WHOM THE SERIES WAS ESTABLISHED:           Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart

Things fall apart  and more  -  1st teachers' workshop on African literature



AFRICAN WRITER 2003       Wole Soyinka, Writer and Nobel Laureate

AFRICAN WRITER 2004       Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian writer

AFRICAN WRITER 2005        Ngugi wa Thiong'go, Kenyan writer and activist

AFRICAN WRITER 2006            Dennis Brutus, South African poet and activist

AFRICAN WRITER 2007     Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian writer and socialist feminist

AFRICAN WRITER 2008     Femi Osofisan, Nigerian playwright and journalist.  Learn more:  

AFRICAN WRITER 2013     Chris Abani, Nigerian writer and poet


With funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation, and in collaboration with the Flint Public Library, the Department of Africana Studies hosts the Dintinguished African Writers series and the African and African Diaspora Artist Series.

Between 2003 and 2008, six distinguished authors, including the Noble prize laureate, Wole Soyinka, visited Flint and the University Michigan Flint. In 2013, the Department of Africana Studies started a new project entitled: African and African Diaspora Artist series. Under this new program, Professor Chris Abani visited Flint and the University of Michigan-Flint, April 10-13, 2013. Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie is selected to be the speaker for 2014 AADA program on the University of Michigan-Flint campus from September 25 - 26, 2014.

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