Chimamanda Can’t Stop Making History
As far as award-winning Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is concerned; we are used to news of great achievements.
The latest is that she has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a foreign honorary member.
This induction will make Chimamanda the second Nigerian to be inducted into the academy after Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, was inducted in 1986.
That seems to be good company for the highly respected 'Prof' after 31 years in the academy.
According to a press release by the Academy on http://artsandletters.org , the honorary members will be inducted at the annual induction in May.
The Academy explained that Chimamanda will be honoured alongside 14 others.
“When the American Academy of Arts and Letters holds its annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May, Calvin Trillin, secretary, will induct fourteen members into the 250-person organisation and Yehudi Wyner, president will induct three foreign honorary members.”
The objective of the Academy include to “foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts” by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theatre, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.
After wowing us with her debut novel Purple Hibiscus which won her the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, she has gone on to win several other awards.
Her awards include, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2007 (Half of a yellow Sun); The MacArthur Fellowship 2008 for Fiction and The PEN Open Book Award, 2007 (Half of a Yellow Sun).