Anambra community honours multiple-award winning writer, Chimamanda with chieftaincy title
Multiple-Award winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been conferred with a chieftaincy title in her hometown in Abba, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The ceremony which took place, Friday, December 30, saw the author receiving the title of ‘Odeluwa’.
Present at the ceremony was the Governor of the state, Prof. Charles Soludo and other notable dignitaries in the state.
Chimamanda presently shuttles between Nigeria and United States where she teaches United States and Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops.
In 2002, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story; “You in America”, and her story; “That Harmattan Morning” was selected as a joint winner of the 2002 BBC World Service Short Story Awards.
In 2003, she won the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award).
In 2010 she was listed among the authors of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” Fiction Issue. In April 2014, she was named as one of 39 writers aged under 40 in the Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club project Africa39, celebrating Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014.
In April 2017, Chimamanda was elected as one of 228 new members to be inducted on 7 October 2017, into the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; this was one of the highest honours for intellectuals in the United States.
Adichie holds 16 honorary doctorate degrees from universities including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Catholic University of Louvain.
Adichie made the cover of ‘Ms.’ in 2014.
On October 13, 2022, Adichie rejected a national award from President Muhammadu Buhari.