Who is she?
She published her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, aged 26 and has since gone on to write a number of books.
In 2009, she gave a TED talk called “The Danger of a Single Story”, which has clocked up more than 9 million views, but “We can all be feminists”, delivered in 2013, was a worldwide sensation.
The talk outlined her experiences as an African feminist, and parts of her speech were later sampled in a Beyonce song, Flawless.
The speech was later made into a published essay – which in December last year, was given to every 16-year-old girl in Sweden (got to love that country).
Why should we thank her?
Chimamanda’s talk has helped to introduce feminism to a broader audience, particularly younger women and she has become a modern feminist icon.
“I am angry. Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change, but in addition to being angry, I’m also hopeful because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to make and remake themselves for the better.”