Nigerian writer honoured by University of Edinburgh

The award was given in recognition of Adichie’s achievements as an author and public intellectual.

The honorary doctorate degree was presented to the writer by the university’s Principal and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sir Timothy O’Shea, at a special ceremony at the school’s St Cecilia’s Hall, Scotland’s oldest concert hall.

Earlier in the year, Adichie was elected as a Foreign Honorary Member into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and bagged another honorary degree from Haverford College, Pennsylvania in the United States of America in May 2017.

“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 said.

According to the director of the Centre of African Studies, Dr Barbara Bompani, Adichie, through her writing, advocacy and public engagement, “inspires all of us to better understand our own, and other peoples’ stories”.

During her visit, Adichie met with a group of African students participating in a scholarship programme at the university.

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