Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She currently divides her time between the United States and Nigeria. (Source: TEDxEuston). This renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University.
She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction. Chimamanda is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction; and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2009, her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck was published. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. Watch her famous TeDTalk We should all be feminists. (source: TeDxEuston)
Thank you to everyone who shared our blog's post announcing the first edition of our competition, particularly those who entered the competition. The International Women's Day is a special one for many men and women who aspire to see girls and women reaching out their full potential. If you're reading this blog's post, there is no doubt you're one of them. This competition stemmed from our founder's desire to promote women's economic empowerment as an EW's Champion for Change.
This Spring 2017, African women filmmakers are celebrated at Texas Tech University through the International Film Series (IFS). Texas Tech University's International Film Series will bring spotlight on them with a selection of films. Our Executive Director Jessica Foumena, who was involved in the project, interviewed Dr.Robert Peaslee, the coordinator of TTU International Film Series. He is also an Associate Professor and the Chair for the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media at Texas Tech University.
According to Dr.Peaslee, the International Films Series (IFS) began at Texas Tech (TTU) in 2009 as “Global Lens.” This was a global cinema distribution system to which Texas Tech University subscribed via the Global Film Initiative. When the GFI ceased the distribution of Global Lens in 2014, we renamed the series the Texas Tech University International Film Series (IFS) and began new programs in the Spring of 2015.