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Chimamanda Adichie Receives Harvard’s Highest Honour

Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, at a ceremony on Thursday received the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal, which is the highest honour of Harvard University.

The renowned novelist was honoured with the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard’s highest honour in the field of African and African American studies.

The award is usually given to individuals in the United States and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.

According to the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the medal was for people “who embody the values of commitment and resolve that are fundamental to the Black experience in America”.

Apart from the short story writer, other recipients include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laverne Cox, Agnes Guns, Raymond J McGuire, Deval Patrick and Betye Saar.

In an official statement, Director of the Hutchins Center, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., stated that the 2022 honourees represent “unyielding commitment to pushing the boundaries of representation and creating opportunities for advancement and participation for people who have been too often shut out from the great promise of our times.”

Dubois was the first African-American to earn a Harvard Ph.D. in 1895.

Past recipients of the medal have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and public servants.

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