Nigerian born writer, Chimamanda Adiche has been chosen by Havard’s 2018 College Class to address its graduating seniors as part of the annual class day celebration holding on May 23rd 2018.

This announcement was made on Harvard Gazette by co-chair of the speaker selection committee Jerry Nelluvelil.

We are honoured to welcome Chimamanda Nogi Adiche as our class day writer and public speaker. Her eloquence and perspective as a writer and public speaker have inspired audiences to look beyond stereotypes and social norms to recognise our common humanity. In her TED talks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie urges us to better understand one another’s stories and to plan for a world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. This is a powerful message for our class to hear as we reflect on our time at Harvard and prepare to write the next chapter of our stories.

Adichie, whose literary works have received global recognition and acceptance has had her work translated to over 30 languages. Also known to be a remarkable author, Adichie has won various awards some of which include the Common Wealth Writers Prize with her novel Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun which won the Orange Prize and Americanah a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner.

Adichie who recently made a shocking revalation of how she was a victim of sexual harassment as a teenager is a known feminist and co-founder of Farafina Trust, a Nigerian non-profit that promotes reading, writing, social introspection and engagement with society through the literary arts.

Thank you Chimamanda Adichie for making African Women proud, giving us a voice and helping the world recognise our common humanity by breaking stereotypes and social norms.

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