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Scottish-Sierra Leonian novelist Aminatta Forna made the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honors. She was appointed Officers of the Order of the British Empire award, which means she receives a medal of honor and gets to put the abbreviation “O.B.E.” after her name.

She shared the news on Facebook, and as you can imagine her timeline has since been flooded with congratulatory messages.

The Queen’s Honois an annual list that celebrates individuals who have “made achievement in public life” or “committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.”

Forna’s appointment is in recognition of her contributions to literature. In the past few years, she’s written novels and essays that have shaped global conversations around questions of culture and identity but also of violence and trauma. She has published 4 books, three of which are critically acclaimed novels — The Devil that Danced on the Water, Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man. 

Congrats to Forna! What a great way to start off the year.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

3 Responses to “Aminatta Forna Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire” Subscribe

  1. Hannah January 9, 2017 at 5:14 am #

    Congratulations to her!

    I was looking forward to the end of this sentence: “…which means she gets to own a g…” I guess it’s not complete?

    • Ainehi Edoro January 9, 2017 at 7:46 am #

      Hi Hannah!

      Thanks for picking up on that. I’ve updated the post. Happy New Year!

      • Hannah January 10, 2017 at 6:22 am #

        Thanks, Ainehi. Happy new year to you too!

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