Chimamanda Receives 11th Honorary Degree


Nigerian author and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have continued to create history for herself and Nigeria as she was recently conferred with an honorary degree in Fine Arts by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The investiture was done at the school's 136th Commencement ceremony.

Chimamanda's honorary degree from the RISD becomes Adichie’s 4th honorary degree within the space of one month and an 11th honorary degree from a major international university.

It would be recalled that in May 2019, the writer received three honorary degrees from three American universities within 10 days including Doctor of Humane Letters from the American University (Washington DC, 10th May); Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown University (Washington DC, 18th May); Doctor of Letters honorary degree from Yale University (Connecticut, 20th May).

The activist and writer were awarded alongside the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson; Artist, Theaster Gates and Activist, Nadya Tolokonnikova who were also beneficiary of the honorary degrees while Joseph Chazan was awarded the inaugural President’s Medal of Honor for his tremendous support to the institution.