Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a renowned Nigerian author and supporter of feminism, set to receive a distinguished honor from Harvard University.
On October 6, 2022, Harvard University will give the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to the honoree, who continues to keep Nigeria on the map of the world.
The prize is the highest esteemed honor given by Harvard to individuals working in the area of Africa and African studies.
Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, Steven Spielberg, Ava Duvernay, and Chinua Achebe are just a few of the people who have received this prize in the past.
Other recipients of the award apart from Adichie are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laverne Cox, Agnes Gund, Raymond J. McGuire, Deval Patrick, and Betye Saar.
The director of Hutchins Centre, University, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., said those selected showed “unyielding commitment to pushing the boundaries of representation and creating opportunities for advancement and participation for people who have been too often shut out from the great promise of our times”.
This is not the first time Chimamanda will be honoured by the prestigious university. Chimamanda was the Harvard College Class Speaker in 2018 and was also a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2011-2012).