adichie13In a few weeks, Chimamanda Adichie will officially add “commencement speaker at a top US university” to her resume.

Days after rounding up her month-long feature in British Vogue, [click here if you missed it] the Nigerian novelist snags yet another high-profile engagement.

Yesterday, it was announced that she has been selected to deliver the commencement speech at Wellesley College, a prestigious women’s university in Massachusetts.

Adichie was selected on the basis on her successful career as a writer and her feminist politics.

As the university’s President, H. Kim Bottomly, puts it, “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is…an unabashed feminist whose thought-provoking work has inspired a generation…She is the perfect choice to send off our graduating seniors as they get ready to make their mark on the world. We can’t wait to welcome her to Wellesley.”

Adichie responded with much excitement, saying that what Wellesley stands for— “providing…excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world—is close to [her] heart.”

We’ll be sure to bring you photos and updates when the event takes place on May 29th.

Congrats to Adichie!


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