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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, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator 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. He studied history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he 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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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.

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