September 12, 2006

Publication of Nigerian author Chimamada Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel about the Nigeria-Biafra War

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria. She spent most of her childhood in the university town of Nsukka because her father was a statistics professor at the University of Nigeria, and her mother worked in the university’s office of the registrar. Adichie left Nigeria at the age of 19 to pursue a university degree in communications at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She later earned a graduate degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Half of a Yellow Sun is Adichie’s second book (her first is Purple Hibiscus, published in 2003). Half of a Yellow Sun is set in Nigeria during the Nigeria-Biafra war and follows the stories of three characters as they experience the war differently. The New York Times claims that the novel “speaks through history to our war-racked age not through abstract analogy but through the energy of vibrant, sometimes horrifying detail.

The book won the following awards:

– Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (fiction), 2007

– PWN “Beyond Margins” Award, 2007

– Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (now called Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction), 2007

– “Best of the Best” of the second decade of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2015.

Scene from the film, Half of a Yellow Sun, dir. Biyi Bandale, 2013.
See Also:

Nixon, Rob. “Review of Half of a Yellow Sun.” New York Times, October 6, 2006.

Rubin, Merle. “Nigerian Civil War Seen From Sharpened Angles” Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2006.

Video: “’Half of a Yellow Sun’ Official Film Trailer 2014

Sources: http://www.cerep.ulg.ac.be/adichie/cnabio.html; http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/books/review/Nixon.t.html; http://chimamanda.com/books/half-of-a-yellow-sun/