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Rooted Features Book of Eastern Alumni

Stacey Addo | Arts and Entertainment Editor

"Purple Hibiscus", Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie/ Women's Prize for Fiction/2003

The Rooted Book Club will be meeting on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Oct. 5 to Dec. 7 in the Women’s Center (Student Center room 116).

The Rooted Book Club aims to celebrate womanhood through women’s stories about their voices, courage, and power. This semester, they have chosen to read "Purple Hibiscus" by Eastern alumni, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

"Purple Hibiscus" was Adichie’s first novel and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. "Purple Hibiscus" is a coming-of-age story of an upper-class Nigerian teenage girl named Kambili Archike who has lived a sheltered and controlled life at the hands of her father. The book describes the impacts that colonialism has had on family relationships, institutions, and spiritual and cultural practices in Nigeria.

Adichie wrote the novel while attending college in the United States while feeling homesick for Nigeria and used this book to describe the struggles Nigerians faced with identity in the post-colonial moment.

Since graduating from ECSU in 2001, Adichie has gone on to have many accomplishments as a writer.

She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree in African History from Yale University. She also received honorary doctorate degrees from ECSU and numerous other Universities.

Adichie has two other novels "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2006) and "Americanah" (2013), both of which also won awards, and "Americanah" was even named one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of 2013. She also has several other publications.

Along with her several accomplishments, in 2015, Adichie was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. She was also named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine.

Adichie now divides her time between the United States and Nigeria and leads an annual creative writing workshop.

Anyone who is interested in reading "Purple Hibiscus", or joining Rooted, visit the Women's Center for more information.


Home. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (2022, October 18).


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