The new decade is looking better for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as she is set to receive the first Belle van Zuylenring this month, starting off where she left last decade. An honorary prize set by the ILFU International Literature Festival Utrecht, Adichie is receiving the prize “because of the unique way in which she knows how to display and question the world of today and its ingrained thinking patterns.”
Last decade was surely the lady’s.
From receiving five honorary doctorate degrees in one year to her bestselling book Half of a Yellow Sun being listed in BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’ and more, 2019 seemed to be the year with some of the greatest achievements for the writer.
Chimamanda has bagged nothing less than 15 honourary doctorate degrees from respected universities around the world including Doctor of Letters, (D. Litt) honoris causa, from Yale University; Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa from Georgetown University, Northwestern and American Universities; honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design and her latest honorary degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in November 2019. Her 2009 TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story, is currently one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time with 5.7 million views. In 2010, she was among The New Yorker’s ‘20 Under 40”; a list devoted to young fiction writers, who the editors believe are, or will be, key to their generation.
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