Sunday, March 14, 2010

Literature and Music

This is a feature post and this is the first time I'm doing this kind of post.
Its about two ladies I admire
I might also do a feature post on guys I admire sometimes soon. Both are black and Nigerian, They are good at what they do. I have only had the opportunity to meet one of them not personally though. But would love to meet them (no crush lol )

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
An excellent writer. she has 3 popular books to her credit. The purple hibiscus, Half of a yellow sun and the thing around your neck. My closest contact with her was at one of her book reading event a few years back when i was still in the university.

The pic I took at the book reading.

At the age of 19, chimamanda left Nigeria and moved to the United States to study. After studying at Drexel University in Philadelphia she continued studying communications and political science. She received a university degree from Eastern, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2001. In 2003, she completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in African studies at Yale University. Chimamanda is a 2008 MacArthur Fellow. She was a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University, in 2008, and participated in Wesleyan's Distinguished Writers Series.
Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published in 2003 and won the Best First Book award in the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named after the flag of the short-lived Biafran nation, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Her third book is a collection of short stories titled The Thing Around Your Neck and was published in April 2009

Born Bukola Elemide, Asha was born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents. She was two years old when her family returned to live in Nigeria. Asha grew up in Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria. I love this lady, she is just great on the guitar (one of my fav) and she has nice lyrics too.
I like Tracy Chapman and I think they have a couple of things in common.

She has had the chance to test out her talent on the French musical scene, playing with artists such as the Nubians, Manu Dibango, Doctor L and Tony Allen. In Nigeria, her first single, Eyé Adaba, then Jailer were great tracks.
Her popularity became big, that when she came back to Nigeria she opened for Akon, John Legend, Beyoncé and Snoop Dogg amongst others.
Her first Album, Asha, is a great one. I love all the tracks but my favs being Bibanke and Ilu.

I'm just in love with the works of these two ladies and I know they will go far. And I will also love to meet them personally. But do they have anything in common? *thinking*



The two of them sure rock! but I love the first more. lol

Jaycee said...

I watched that video on TED by Chimamanda a while back (I think sometime last yr), and I was so inspired that I had to share it too. Great feature post! :)

24yearOldTeEnAgeR said...

Love Asa, Read Purple Hibiscus. Loved it. Nice.

Good Naija Girl said...

This is a great feature. I love Asa and Bibanke is my favourite of hers too!

And Chimamanda is eloquent and so talented; she inspires me!

NBB said...

@LDP I'm not sure who i love more. lol

@Jaycee really inspring talk by a great writer. thanks

@24yearOldTeenager Love Em both.

@GNG I love Asha. I sang the song Mama at an event before wit a lil cuz of mine. They both inspire me.

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