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An Instagram post showed girls protesting against hair rules at the Pretoria school.

Were South African school hair rules racist? Maybe not.

As I followed the recent protests at a South African girls’ school where students insisted on being allowed to wear afro hairdos to school, I recalled my own days as a student in what used to be one of Nigeria’s most prestigious boarding schools for girls.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Lunch with the FT: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Over jollof rice in Lagos, the Nigerian novelist talks about race, gender, her hard-edged heroines and her optimism for her home country — while revealing some surprising news.

Scene from Nigerian civil war movie "The Encounter"

Watch snippet of Nigerian civil war movie "The Encounter" (Video)

In 1967, the Eastern Region of Nigeria seceded from the country. The declaration of the independent Biafra, announced by the then Governor of Nigeria’s Eastern Region Lieutenant Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, was in response to the genocide of people from the Eastern Region.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of “Half of a Yellow Sun”

Baileys prize crowns Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as its 'best of the best' of the last decade

Pitted against nine other titles – from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the Biafran war, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been named the best winner of the women’s prize for fiction of the last decade – by both the public and a 10-strong judging panel.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story

The danger of a single story (TED Talk): Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Video)

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

AFP/AFP/File - Undated photograph of Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra, giving a press conference in Enugu, Nigeria during the Biafran war

Biafra casts long shadow over Nigeria, nearly 50 years on

Radio Biafra. Its name is synonymous with the declaration of independence and updates on the brutal conflict that followed, but nearly 50 years after Nigeria’s civil war, Radio Biafra is again making headlines.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Credit: Akintunde Akinleye

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: An interview with Vogue

I’m on the shore of Lagos Lagoon with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a late afternoon in January. It is harmattan season, when a hot wind blows across the Sahara, bringing dust that makes the sun glow dark gold as it hangs over the palm trees on the opposite shore.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun included in BBC's list of "The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels"

In her audacious and vividly imagined second novel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie drew upon her ancestral past to write about the Biafra conflict, which traumatized her country and her family for three years after the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria seceded in 1967.

Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Game Changers Africa: Wole Soyinka (Video)

In 1986, Nigerian author and playwright Wole Soyinka, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Left - Right: General Joseph Ankrah (Chairman, Ghana National Liberation Council), Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon (Head of State, Nigeria), and Lt. Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Governor, Eastern Region, Nigeria) at Aburi, Ghana

Naij - A History of Nigeria by Jide Olanrewaju - An Actualize Production (Video)

An excellent, in-depth video of Nigeria’s history by Jide Olanrewaju

Scene from the "Half of a Yellow Sun" movie

Nigerian films try to move upmarket: Nollywood's new scoreboard

NIGERIAN cinephiles rejoiced this month as news emerged that “Half of a Yellow Sun” (pictured above), arguably the most ambitious film project in the nation’s history, had received a release date in its own country.

Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, Military Governor of Biafra

Nigeria's history problem needs the light from "Half of a Yellow Sun"

We Nigerians must deal with our fear of examining the civil war and the wrongs of the past. Biyi Bandele’s new film is a step forward.

Director Biyi Bandele and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie attended the premiere in Lagos in April

Half of a Yellow Sun film approved by Nigeria censors

The film Half of a Yellow Sun, about the Biafran war, is to be shown in cinemas in Nigeria from August after film censors gave it approval.

'Half of a Yellow Sun' Movie

'Half of a Yellow Sun' Movie: A Review by the Chicago Sun-Times

Writer-director Biyi Bandele has taken Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s engrossing 2006 novel “Half of a Yellow Sun,” a story of epic proportions, and adapted it into a well-acted and ambitious film.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Hiding From Our Past by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

On the margins of my happy childhood, there was a shadow: the Biafran war. I was born seven years after it ended, and did not experience any material deprivations—I had a bicycle, dolls, books—but my family was scarred by it.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Nigeria's Nollywood Reaches Mainstream with 'Half of a Yellow Sun'

Nigeria’s bustling film industry is about to take a giant leap forward with the upcoming U.S. release of “Half of a Yellow Sun.”

Half of a Yellow Sun

Nollywood: The new business of African film

With Nigeria leading the way, 2014 could prove a banner year for the African film industry.