Style Icon: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



This style icon is probably someone you know nothing about, but you should. She is the Truth…..


The beautiful and talented, award-winning Nigerian novelist, and Beyoncé’s muse behind ‘Run the World’ lyrics; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is my style icon. I love everything this woman represents. She is beauty and brains, she was 26 when she published her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has gone on to write many other successful books like Half of a Yellow Sun, a book set during the Biafran conflict in Nigeria, a decade before she was born – and Americanah, my personal favourite, a modern love story set between America and Nigeria.

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You can clearly see this style icon is beauty and brains, which is quite rare these days, and I love that about her. She is like a breath of fresh air, and her style game is on point as well. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie rocks some of the most beautiful African pieces I have ever seen. She designs most of her clothes. A lover of bold prints and native Ankara designs, this style queen balances African prints and modern chic like a boss. She inspires me a lot.


Chimamanda once wrote an article – Why can’t a smart woman love fashion, and she kind of read my mind with all the fashion lovers cannot be feminist nonsense I read around on the web. I really think the so-called feminist that refuse to like fashion, and believe women should go about looking and feeling unattractive to be equal to men, should take a moment and read her well written article, they have no excuse to be so ignorant really.

Here is a quote from the article below:

I had learned a lesson about Western culture: Women who wanted to be taken seriously were supposed to substantiate their seriousness with a studied indifference to appearance. For serious women writers in particular, it was better not to dress well at all, and if you did, then it was best to pretend that you had not put much thought into it. If you spoke of fashion, it had to be either with apology or with the slightest of sneers. The further your choices were from the mainstream, the better. The only circumstance under which caring about clothes was acceptable was when making a statement, creating an image of some sort to be edgy, eclectic, counterculture. It could not merely be about taking pleasure in clothes.

What do you think of this style icon?





35 responses

  1. You’re right, I had never heard of her but after reading this I’ve added Purple Hibiscus to my booklist – I wish I had half of her style credentials – every outfit you’ve featured is beautiful!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  2. She’s fantastic isn’t she! She was definitely one of the women who inspired me during my studies and the impact she’s had on many women is amazing.

  3. Wow she is a queen. I had never heard about her before but after going through this post, I think I really admire her. Like the way she blends the African patterns into her styles. I love her outfits and those cushions.

  4. OMG, I love her last statement, I’ve always thought that way with regards to female politicians: why must majority of them look so drab/like they’re allergic to hair salons/wear ill fitting attire…I just assumed it must be a way for them to be taking seriously which I think is bull shit. I’m not saying they have to be Hollywood Glammed up but at least, the basics should be covered!!!
    I’m happy that women like Chimamanda show its aight to have brains and style! ( :

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