Chimamanda Adichie awarded Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa by Yale

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa degree by the Yale University, Connecticut.

The popular novelist took to her Instagram page moments ago to make the announcement.

Chimamanda Adichie awarded Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa by Yale lailasnews
Chimamanda Adichie awarded Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa by Yale


This is the 9th honorary degree received by Adichie from a major US university in honour of her exceptional achievements as a novelist and speaker.

She was awarded same award by the American University in Washignton DC in May 2019.

While speaking to the graduate at the University last month, Chimamanda delivered a powerful speech filled with wisdom and laced with humor.

“As you prepare to soar away on your eagle wings today, as you graduate with your hard-earned degrees, please don’t think of today as the day you stop being a student. Be a student for the rest of your life, and the best way to this is to read; every day. Preferably books but otherwise anything continuous and relatively long”. she said

Her award-winning novels, short-stories and talks have been celebrated globally and has arguably set the tone for conversations about feminism amongst other topics. Her last publication was titled “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” in March 2017.

Her 2009 TED talk,”The Danger of a Single Story,” has over 17 million views, making it one of the most viewed talks of all time, and is required viewing in the first-year AUx curriculum.

She is also well known for her critically acclaimed books “Half of a Yellow Sun,” “Americanah” and the book-length essay “We Should All Be Feminists.

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