Chimamanda Adichie has been honoured with Bard College’s Mary McCarthy Award, not only for her “astonishing novels” and “formative nonfiction” but also for her “charismatic public presence.”

Here is a photo of her letter.

The Mary McCarthy Award is remarkable for its focus on not only the recipient’s work but also on their brand. Which is why, considering past recipients, Adichie is joining great company: Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag.

The letter shows the Ethiopian novelist Dinaw Mengestu—the only other African novelist alongside Adichie to have received a MacArthur Genius Grant—-to be Faculty Sponsor.

According to Beauld.com, a lifestyle blog, the stunning green “leather stripped jumpsuit with wide legged bottoms and flare sleeves” she wore to the ceremony was created by Zohi Taglit, one of the brands she patronizes as part of her Wear Nigerian Project.

Here are a couple more photos from her Facebook.

Congratulations to Adichie!

About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

3 Responses to “Adichie Receives Mary McCarthy Award for Her “Charismatic Presence”” Subscribe

  1. Malam M.T.Danaldi 2017/06/16 at 18:18 #

    Adichie is a tribal jingoist who like her late mentor want to be identified more with Biafra that never was than with Nigeria. So, she maybe a celebrity abroad but here in Nigeria she’s a tribal heroine. I know I shall become a victim of her diatribe and that of her exponents as soon as they read this but I don’t care. Adichie doesn’t inspire me in any way. I wonder why the Western world is making so much fuss about her?

  2. Mar 2017/06/17 at 17:25 #

    Wow! Maybe you should first read her books, then write your comment.

  3. Simeon Mpamugoh 2017/06/19 at 09:08 #

    @Mallam M.T. Danaldi:
    Biafra is just a phenomenon of the Igbo to register an unwarranted hatred by the North and Adichie is using her art to depict that.

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