Chimamanda Adichie conferred with a chieftaincy title
Award-winning Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been conferred a chieftaincy title in her hometown, Abba in Njikoka LGA, Anambra State,
Chimamanda Adichie has been honoured with the title of ‘Odeluwa Abba’ meaning “The writer of global acclaim”.
The half of the yellow sun writer is currently trending number one on twitter, as at the time of this report.
Announcing the good news was a Facebook user, Uche Nworah, who shared photos from the ceremony and wrote, “Award-winning novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, was on Friday honoured by her native Abba hometown, Njikoka LGA, Anambra State, with the chieftaincy title of “odelwa” (she who writes for the world).
The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, amongst other dignitaries were present at the ceremony.
Over the years, Adichie has received global recognition for her work and won numerous awards and prizes.
Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her second, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), won the Orange Prize for Fiction (subsequently the Bailey’s Prize and now the Women’s Prize for Fiction) – the world’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Half of a Yellow Sun subsequently received the Bailey’s ‘Best of the Best’ award out of the 10 winners of the prize during its second decade.
She has received 16 honorary PhDs and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.