Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, is set to be awarded with the W.E.B Du Bois Medal by Harvard.
The medal will be presented on the 6th of October, 2022.
The W.E.B Du Bois medal which has not been awarded to anyone since the beginning of the pandemic is the highest honour given by Harvard in the field of African and African American studies.
Harvard made the announcement via their Twitter handle. Fellow recipients of the award include activist and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, award-winning actress Laverne Cox, Patron of Arts and Education Agnes Gund.
This year, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medals will be awarded to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chimamanda Adichie, Laverne Cox, Agnes Gund, Raymond J. McGuire, Deval Patrick, and Betye Saar on October 6 at Harvard https://t.co/AZow33Fryd
— Harvard University (@Harvard) September 25, 2022
Chimamanda is known for her elegant story telling and her advocacy on gender equality. She was also a speaker at the Harvard College Class Day in 2018, and was previously a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow between 2011 and 2012.
The medal allows her to join the list of trailblazers like Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Ava Duvernay, Dave Chappelle, Queen Latifah, Nasir “Nas” Jones, John Lewis, Steven Spielberg, athlete-activist Colin Kaepernick, and others who are past recipients of the medal.