Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Feminist Style Icon


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Photo: Mamadi Doumbouya for Vulture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an internationally acclaimed Nigerian author. She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature."

Adichie has written several bestselling books such as Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), Americanah (2013), Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (2017) and more. 

Adichie wearing a dress by The Ladymaker at the Purple Hibiscus 
Trust Literary Evening, Photo: @chimamanda_adichie

In 2008, she won the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant and has gone on to accomplish more. In 2013, she inadvertently contributed to pop culture when her 2012 TedxEuston talk in London titled, 'We Should All Be Feminists' was sampled in Beyoncé's song "Flawless." 


Adichie wearing Ré Lagos at the Honorary Degree Recipients Talk at 
Amherst College, Photo: @chimamanda_adichie

Her words: "We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, 'You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you threaten the man..." has been quoted numerous times since the song was released and the TedX talk on Youtube has amassed over 5 million views. 

Adichie wearing Popartii and Emmy Kasbit while giving the keynote 
speech at the Igbo Conference in London, Photo: @chimamanda_adichie

In a Facebook post, Adichie announced her intention to wear almost exclusively Nigerian brands for public appearances. Her decision was inspired by the "Nigerian government's disastrous economic policies" that led to "a reduction in the value of the Naira and therefore in disposable income, a change in values, disorientation of the middle class and most of all, to a debilitating sense of uncertainty." 

Adichie wearing a dress by The Ladymaker and Ego Maduekwe at the Malaria Summit in London

Supporting locally made products helps to facilitate the country's economic growth and is especially important now because African designers are getting more attention from the global fashion scene.

The Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Prize recently released the shortlist for its 2019 competition. African designers Thebe Magugu from South Africa and Kenneth Izedonmwen from Nigeria were selected to be among the twenty designers representing 15 countries. 

Adichie and her nieces, Photo: @chimamanda_adichie

Outfits from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Project Wear Nigerian are documented on her Instagram by her nieces; Kamsi, Chisom and Amaka.