Chimamanda Adichie is one of eight distinguished achievers set to receive an honorary degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, United States. Adichie who earned a prestigious creative writing master’s from the university,
She is joined by filmmaker Spike Lee, Nobel Prize winner Richard Axel and Ellen M Heller, Maryland’s first woman to become an administrative Circuit Court judge. The honorary degree will be conferred at the universitywide commencement ceremony on May 18 at Royal Farms Arena.
Chimamanda Adichie is the author of acclaimed novels including Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2013, Adichie writes stories inspired by her own life in Nigeria and the United States. She earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars in 2003 and won a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008.
Speaking about the group to get their award, John Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels said, “The men and women in this group are visionaries who have challenged the status quo and changed the world for the better. They have made a lasting impact on the arts, public health, the law, neuroscience, and the resilience of communities here in Baltimore and across the globe. At Johns Hopkins, we share their commitment to innovate and to work for the benefit of humankind, and I’m so pleased that these honorary degrees will celebrate all they have accomplished.”