Nigeria Writer and staunch feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Spike Lee has been selected alongside eight “distinguished achievers”. To receive honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, United States.
According to the University, Ms Adichie, a groundbreaking filmmaker, an award-winning novelist, a Nobel Prize winner, and Maryland’s first woman to become an administrative Circuit Court judge and three more achievers will be conferred with the honorary degrees at the universitywide commencement ceremony on May 18 at Royal Farms Arena.
“The men and women in this group are visionaries who have challenged the status quo and changed the world for the better,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. “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.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 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