Described in the Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie, has been awarded an honourary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Timothy O’Shea, Vice Chancellor of the university, presented the award to Adichie in recognition of her achievement as an author and public intellectual.
Adichie told the audience “It is lovely to be in this place, which is hallowed. I feel very fortunate to be included among the people who have been honoured with a degree from this university.”
Adichie divides her time between Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops, and the United States. In 2016 she was conferred an honorary degree – Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Johns Hopkins University. In 2017 she was conferred honorary degrees – Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Haverford College.