Chimamanda Adichie elected into US Academy of Arts and Letters

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Chimamanda Ngozi- Adichie, Award winning Nigerian Author has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a foreign honorary member.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi- Adichie

A statement released by the Academy website artsandletters.org, the honorary members will be inducted at the annual induction in May.

The Academy through the press release explained that Chimamanda will be honoured alongside 14 others.


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The statement reads; “When the American Academy of Arts and Letters holds its annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May, Calvin Trillin, secretary, will induct fourteen members into the 250-person organization and President Yehudi Wyner will induct three foreign honorary members. Joyce Carol Oates will deliver the centennial Blashfield Foundation Address. An exhibition of art, architecture, books, and manuscripts by new members and recipients of awards will be on view in the galleries from May 18 to June 11”.

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Meanwhile, This induction will make Chimamanda the second Nigerian to be inducted into the academy after Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate, was inducted in 1986.


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The objective of the Academy include to “foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts” by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theatre, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.

Some of Chimamanda’s previous awards include, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2007 (Half of a yellow Sun); The MacArthur Fellowship 2008 for Fiction and The PEN Open Book Award, 2007 (Half of a Yellow Sun).

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