Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (ˌtʃɪmɑːˈmɑːndə_əŋˈgoʊzi_əˈdiːtʃeɪ;Although Adichie's name has been pronounced a variety of ways in English, the following attempts to best approximate the Igbo pronunciation of it for English speakers: ˌtʃɪmɑːˈmɑːndə_əŋˈgoʊzi_əˈdiːtʃeɪ CHIM ah MAHN də _ əng GOH zee _ ə DEE chay; born on 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. She has written the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014). In 2008, Adichie was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [who] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature". Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.