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Purple Hibiscus

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									By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
~Born1977 in Nigeria
~Grew up in Chinua Achebe’s
  house in Nsukka, Nigeria
~At 19 moved to United States
~Graduated Eastern University in 2001
~Earned Master’s in Creative Writing
 from John’s Hopkins
~Started writing Purple Hibiscus
  senior year
~Lives ½ of the year in Nigeria &½ of
   the year in the United States
~Taught at Princeton (2005 – 2006)
~ Now pursuing graduate studies at
   Yale University
~Has won multiple awards
 Grew  up reading books about English children
 frolicking in the countryside
    “I absolutely identified with those
          white boys & girls”


 ReadChinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart at
 age 10
    About clash between Igbo tradition and British
     colonial way of life
    “I realized that people who looked like me could
     live in books.”
 Britishcontrolled Nigeria from late 1800s –
  early 1900s

 Nigeria   gained independence in 1960

 Government      lacked stability
     Military coups ensued
     1966: Army leaders suspend constitution
     Civil War erupts and ends in 1970

 1980s   – 1990s = many coups
 1993
    General Sani Abacha takes over
    Human rights violations
 1999
                                        General Sani Abacha
    Abacha dies
    General Abdul salam Abubakar attempts to
     restore order
    President Obasanjo inaugurated



                            President
                            Obasanjo
250    ethnic groups
  Hausa   in North

  Yoruba   in West

  Igbo   (Ibo) in East
     Kambili & her family
   50% Muslim

   40% Christian

                                    Nigerian National
                                    Ecumenical Church



                                  10% Traditional
                                   religion based on the
                                   worship of many gods
                                   and spirits


    Nigerian National Mosque
 The ruling class
 The working class
 The poor




 Nigerian currency
 Kambili
 Father
 Mother
 Jaja
 Aunty Ifeoma, Amaka, Obiora
 Papa-Nnukwu
 Father Amadi
       with flashback
 Begins
 Composed of four sections
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTJyRtypLEk

								
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