Nigerian prolific writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on Thursday received the highest honour of Harvard University, the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal during a ceremony held in Harvard.
The W.E.B Du Bois award, which is the highest honor conferred by Harvard University to anyone in the field of African and African American studies had not been conferred on anyone since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other recipients of the prestigious award are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laverne Cox, Agnes Guns, Raymond J McGuire, Deval Patrick, and Betye Saar.
In a terse statement by a professor of Harvard University and director of the Hutchins center, he noted that: “Whether they’ve distinguished themselves in the arts, civic life, education, athletics, activism, or any combination of the above, these medalists show in all that they do their unyielding commitment to pushing the boundaries of representation and creating opportunities for advancement and participation for people who have been too often shut out from the great promise of our times.”
Chimamanda Adichie now joins Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Ava Duvernay, Dave Chappelle, Queen Latifah, Nasir “Nas” Jones, John Lewis, Steven Spielberg, athlete-activist Colin Kaepernick, and others as recipients of the prestigious award.