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Vote for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the Global Citizen March Madness Challenge

This profile is part of the 2016 Global Citizen March Madness Challenge. The challenge asks you to vote for your favorite global citizens, as we match them up “tournament style” from a “Sweet 16” starting round, all the way down to a champion on April 4th.

Vote now in the Sweet 16 Round for all of your favorites HERE

Name: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hometown: Enugu, Nigeria 

Profession: Novelist

Issue division: Education

Quick facts:

  • Author of 5 books
  • MacArthur Genius Grant winner
  • Featured in Beyoncé’s “Flawless”
  • Ted Talk extraordinaire

Follow her @ChimamandaSays

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist who writes on a range of themes: the immigrant experience, tensions between cultural groups, identity, gender roles, and so much more. She rapidly ascended in the literary world with books that won dozens of awards.

She might be best known to a wider audience for a snippet of a TED talk she gave that was sampled in Beyoncé’s “Flawless.” In it, she talks about how girls are constricted by society. The full TED talk is a powerful call to action for gender equality and it has been made into a slim book called “We Should All be Feminists.”

Many avid readers know Adichie through her beautiful, expansive books that explore the knotty intricacies of life as it unfolds. It’s this ability to reach people on an immense scale for a sustained period of time that will have the most impact. After all, books have the power to move, shape and transform the minds of readers. A generation that grows up reading Adichie, will intuitively know these words to be true:

“Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”

First round match-up

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Vote now in the Sweet 16 Round for all of your favorites HERE