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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 was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. 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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