Chimamanda Adichie Makes Revelation About Her Name

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  • Chimamanda Adichie revealed that she invented her popular name.

Award-winning author, Chimamanda Adichie has opened up about how she got her name among other revelations.

The ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ author made this known in an exclusive interview with popular TV & show host, Ebuka Obi Uchendu.

The renowned author revealed that she invented her popular name herself. She revealed that she was born Ngozi-Grace-the latter after her mother, but she felt that Ngozi was ubiquitous while Grace was more of her mother.

During her Confirmation (it’s a Catholic thing) she chose the name ‘Amanda’ but found it also common when she went to the United States to study.

Before her first book was published, she added ‘Chim’ to ‘Amanda’ to come up with ‘Chimamanda’.

She also revealed during the interview that she grew up in the legendary Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe’s house at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Ebuka And Chimamanda Adichie
Ebuka and Chimamanda Adichie

Responding to questions on the subject of religion, Chimamanda Adichie stated that she grew up in Catholic, but her relationship with the church has changed. She still considers herself Catholic in a ‘cultural’ way not ‘religiously’.

She said Catholicism, especially in Nigeria’s Igbo region, is too much about money, fundraising, and thanksgiving.

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