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10 Things to Know About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Whilst Beyonce's fifth solo LP continues to blare through our office speakers, let's take a closer look at the supporting players that help make this project complete. While close confidantes of King Bey make video cameos (Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Solange, etc), it's one voice that people can't stop talking about.

The raucous "Flawless" is not only an ode to Beyonce's Texas hometown, but a call to women everywhere to strip themselves of society's expectations and embrace a feminist lifestyle. The combination of those angsty visuals and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's words about gender in relation to marriage and a career not only make for a powerful message, but a desire to learn more about the women speaking them.

Flip the page to learn more about this female revolutionary.

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Beyonce's "Flawless" samples Adiche's "We should all be feminists" speech from TED 2012, an annual conference that brings together some of the world's most brilliant minds to talk about the future and those helping shape it. The 30-minute speech delves into the unfair parallels between men and women and how they can ultimately damage society.

Listen to the entire speech below.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche was born in 1977 in Nigeria, the fifth of six children. She is also a member of the Igbo tribe and splits her time between Africa and America to this day.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda translates to "My god is unfailing" and Ngozi means "blessing."

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Despite her strong feminist views, Chimamanda is a married woman. Her husband, Ivara Alistair Esege, is a doctor based in Maryland. He is also Nigerian.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Smarts run in the Adiche family. Chimamanda's father is a college professor while her mother was the first female registrar at the same school (University of Nigeria). Her sister also works stateside as a doctor.

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Shortlisted author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Before pursuing a career in writing, Adiche studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year.

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Shortlisted author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

She now holds degrees from three different schools: a Bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Eastern Connecticut State University, a master's degree in creative writing from John Hopkin's University and a Master of Arts in African Studies from Yale University. She was also awarded fellowships (including the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship) from both Princeton and Harvard Universities.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda has practiced Catholicism since her youth.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In addition to countless short stories, Chimamanda has written three novels: Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of short stories. All have been critically acclaimed and won several awards, including the Orange Prize for Fiction and Commonwealth Writer's Prize.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Her newest novel, Americanah, was named one of the "Ten Best Books of 2013" by The New York Times.

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