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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Wole Soyinka are “Africa’s Greatest Innovators in Arts & Sciences”



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Wole Soyinka - May 2014 - 01

Go Nigeria!

Nigerian author and self proclaimed feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and writer, poet and playwright Wole Soyinka have been named two of Africa’s Greatest Innovators in Arts and Sciences.

National Geographic asked Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, to name some of Africa’s top intellectual innovators.

The American literary critic/educator/scholar/writer selected the 36-year-old “Half of a Yellow Sun” author and 79-year-old Nobel Laureate.

Also on the list are Egyptian political economist Samir Amin, British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher/writer Kwame Anthony Appiah, South African writer Nadine Gordimer, paleoanthropologist/archaeologist/zoologist Louis B. Leakey, late Kenyan human rights activist Wangari Maathai, late South African singer Miriam Makeba and late Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji.

To read their profiles, click here.


  1. Demmy

    May 9, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Yay! Go Chimamanda, one of my favorite authors. Congrats to Professor Soyinka too. xx

  2. Guyana

    May 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hmm chinamanda? As how? For what really? Writing three books and … To each his own. Totally overhyped!

    • Tex

      May 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      No, for writing 3 prize-winning, highly acclaimed, and well received books. How many have you written?

    • Teris

      May 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm


    • Teris

      May 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Pls explain it to this one o!


      May 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Have you read her books?
      Fellas, Here Are Some Things Ladies Wish You Already Knew- click my name to read more.

    • Demmy

      May 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Four critically acclaimed books you mean.

    • Wole

      May 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      @Guyana, Pardon me buh i tink it is just so dumb of you to say Chimamanda is over-hyped. With those three books alone, she has earned great recognition across the world. You should know by now…it is not by the number of your works but the quality. Those few books of hers have actually projected her to the peak of her career.

    • An observant Nigerian

      May 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      My thoughts exactly

  3. toni

    May 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    how can they belittle Wole Soyinka, rebasing him to chimamanda.
    whats how reasoning factor in Nigeria//
    maybe i am wrong, but I need to know…..on the other hand, lets not add sciences to this!

    • Dora the explorer

      May 10, 2014 at 4:27 am

      I love Chimamanda’s work but then people aren’t even giving her the room to grow and improve all this worship!.. Her last book was nothing less than an average story book.. Now to put her on the same pedestal as Wole Soyinka TM is just over-hyping (according to Guyana) and belittling (according to Toni)..

      And Tex please let pple have opinions now, don’t take it personal its not that serious lav!

    • Chimamanda's Main Squeeze

      May 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

      @toni, how is it rebasing to award 2 people something they both deserve. You’r the type of person to not drive a Range because your Imam/Pastor or father don’t own one yet. LOSER!!! Because she is younger and female then she doesn’t deserve to sit with the omniscient, almighty idol Soyinka abi? Shame on your slavish ass.

      @Dora the olodo, you and toni must attend the same school of low lives. It’s only a Nigerian that will say praising a person will not leet them progress. But we can say what we don’t like about her work abi? We just can’t honor her, EVEN THOUGH SHE’S CLEARLY DESERVING OF IT.
      You’re the same fools that will say Fashola is working because of gardens yet you look at an intellectual and try to undo their merit. Dimwits.

  4. jewel

    May 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Congrats to chimamanda and Prof Soyinka.

  5. Miss Mo

    May 12, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Nigerians and hating. Smh….

    If you want good things in your life you better rejoice with others successes. This is not competition between them, they are just being recognized for their work/impact.

    Congratulations to Chimamanda & Prof. Soyinka. Keep up the good work.

  6. wellofwaters

    May 12, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Intellectuals! The power of a developed brain. The gift of writing…..

  7. adele

    May 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

    you guys should check this new blog>

  8. Yemisi

    May 17, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Please don’t get too earnest about this, folks. This is a good diversion from the shame of Boko Haram.

  9. Swoosh

    November 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    In Prof Gate’s picture at the National Portrait Gallery, he is leaning on a stack of books, one of which is Ake by Wole Soyinka.

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