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Three U.S. Ivy League Universities Honour Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie. Photo: Guardian
Chimamanda Adichie. Photo: Guardian

Three Ivy League universities in the United State of America has recently honoured bestselling writer and outstanding speaker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

 

The award-winning author, who has built an amazing reputation for herself was awarded with honourary doctorate degrees. She received three awards within ten days.

 

She was at American University in Washington DC on the 11th of May to receive an honourary degree and also to deliver a commencement speech for the University’s College of Arts and Science.

 

She returned to Washington DC on the 18th of May to receive another honourary degree from Georgetown University and to deliver a commencement speech for Georgetown College, the largest and the oldest of the four Georgetown Schools.

 

 

The amazing writer and speaker was as well present at the Yale’s University in New Haven for its Connecticut 318th commencement ceremony, where she received her third honourary degree.

 

Adichie’s Yale class day address, which inspired a standing ovation, talked about the state of affairs in the US, metaphorically using Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” in her description of the current US sociopolitical climate.

 

She encouraged the students of Yale University to be mindful of the priviledge afforded them by their education, noting that “a Yale degree makes you more likely to become a person who in different capacities will be responsible for policies and actions that will affect the lives of millions of people”.

 

Adichie is the first African to deliver a class day speech at Yale. She joins an exclusive list of class day speakers, which includes former US first lady and 2016 presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton.

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