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The University of Edinburgh Awards Chimamanda Adichie an Honorary Degree


Award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie can add yet another honorary degree to her résumé.

The famed feminist was on hand at the University of Edinburgh Saturday, Aug. 26, to accept the Doctor of Letters for her achievements in authorship and as a public intellectual, according to a release.

“I’m very grateful for this honor,” Adichie says. “It is lovely to be in this place, which is hallowed. To come after so many distinguished people, I feel very fortunate to be included among the people who have been honored with an honorary degree from this university.”

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While Adichie was on campus, she visited with students in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which supports the most intellectual African scholars who have the highest potential but lack educational opportunities.

Dr. Barbara Bompani, director of the Center of African Studies, suggested Adichie for the honor and said her writing and advocacy, such as her call for feminism, “inspires all of us to better understand our own and other people’s stories.”

This is the third honorary degree for Adichie, whose latest work is a collection of letters entitled “Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions.” The first degree came from Johns Hopkins in 2017 and she received her second from Haverford College earlier this year.

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