Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie To Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree from London University
Nigerian writer and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is to receive an Honorary Doctor of Literature (DLit) degree during the July 2018 graduation ceremonies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
According to the school’s website:
SOAS University of London is honouring pioneering figures in the fields of film, literature, social activism and human rights at this year’s Graduation Ceremonies.
The awardees are the Academy Award winning artist and social activist Forest Whitaker; writer and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; world-renowned author Dr Jung Chang; leading film curator June Givanni and prominent human rights activist Vrinda Grover.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning novelist. Her work includes Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize. Her 2013 novel Americanah won the US National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Her books have challenged perceptions around issues such as identity and race, and her internationally renowned TED talk ‘We should all be feminists’ had a global impact on conversations about gender equality. Born in Enugu, Nigeria, Ms Adichie was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2015 and one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2017.
The author is to be honored alongside Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker, author Dr Jung Chang, film curator June Givanni and human rights activist Vrinda Grover.
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