Chimamanda Adichie is first black woman in 41 years to speak at US university

Chimamanda Adichie, an award-winning Nigerian writer, has been reportedly named the first black woman in the world, since 41 years ago, to deliver a speech at the University of Pennsylvania.

The information was confirmed by Africa Facts Zone on social media. "In May 2020, Chimamanda Adichie will become the first black woman since 1978 to deliver a Commencement Speech at Ivy League School, University of Pennsylvania," the message said. Reports say Adichie is also to be honoured with the 'Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD)' at the event scheduled for May, 2020. The honour is reserved for those who have excelled in their chosen professions and areas like science, literature, religion, and government. The honorary award to be bestowed on Adichie was further confirmed by Amy Gutmann, president of the university, who called it the institution's highest degree. Gutman said the university notes that Adichie's works have compelling narratives and fascinating commentary including on complex cultural issues and that these have a way to elevate the power of the individual voice.

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