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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 is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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

  1. Malam M.T.Danaldi June 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    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 June 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

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

  3. Simeon Mpamugoh June 19, 2017 at 9:08 am #

    @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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