Chimamanda Adichie is undoubtedly one of the most influential Nigerians of our time. Her influence cuts across her status as an accomplished writer as she has contributed to conversations surrounding race and gender equality.
Through her art, Chimamanda Adichie has actively addressed global inequality and is now a force to reckon with. Over the course of her career, she has earned a Grammy nomination, interviewed Hilary Clinton, and also bagged numerous honorary and merit-based awards.
In 2018 alone, Adichie has received several honorary degrees from prestigious institutions for her work and contribution to society. As a woman who challenges oppressive systems by tasking the world to do better, she certainly deserves this and more.
Here are some of the notable honours she received in 2018
1. The PEN Pinter Prize
In June 2018, she received the PEN Pinter Prize presented to British/Commonwealth writers for outstanding literary merit.
2. 2018 Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award
In October 2018, she was selected by global humanitarian organization, Action Against Hunger for this award for her unwavering support and advocacy for women and refugees.
3. She also received an honorary doctorate degree from Duke University in March 2018
Call her Doctor Chimamada Ngozi Adichie!
4. Additionally, she also received another honorary doctorate degree from Bowdoin College in March 2018
She received this award alongside former Nobel laureate, Thomas R. Cech and former diplomat and government official Susan E. Rice.
5. The Everett M. Rogers Award
In September 2018, she was named the winner of the 2019 Everett M. Rogers Award for reframing the discourse on race, gender and identity.
6. Honorable mention: Harvard Class Day Speaker
In May 2018, Harvard University’s undergraduate class of 2018 were given the privilege to be addressed by Chimamanda Adichie, who served as the featured speaker for the annual Class Day Exercises at Harvard College.