Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one name that almost every scholar will always have in mouth.
Recently, she received an honorary degree from Haverford College, adding to the one she got from John Hopkins University as well as being elected into the American Society of Arts and Sciences.
According to the profile written on the college’s website;
They went on to describe Ms Adichie saying…
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most prominent African writers of her generation. Her Purple Hibiscus (2003) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for first work. Half of a Yellow Sun(2006) won the Orange Prize, the world’s top prize for female writers. Americanah(2013) received numerous accolades, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of the Year. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017. Adichie’s work has been translated into over 30 languages.
At age 19, Adichie left her native Nigeria for the United States, first to Philadelphia and Drexel University to begin her undergraduate work, which she then completed at Eastern Connecticut State University. She went on to earn a master’s in creative writing from Johns Hopkins, followed by a master’s in African Studies from Yale. Adichie’s prodigious writing earned her fellowships at Princeton and Harvard as well as a MacArthur Genius Award. An internationally renowned speaker, Adichie’s TED talks, including 2012’s notable “We Should All Be Feminists,” are among the most-viewed of all time.
Congratulations to Chimamanda… You’ve made us all proud!!