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Chimamanda Adichie receives chieftaincy title

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Celebrated novelist, Chimamanda Adichie was on Friday conferred with a chieftaincy title of ‘Odelwa Abba’ in her home-town, Abba in Anambra State.

“Odeluwa Abba,” means she writes for the world.

The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, amongst other dignitaries was present at the ceremony.

Announcing the good news was a Facebook user, Uche Nworah, who shared photos from the ceremony and wrote, “Award-winning novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, was on Friday honour by her native Abba home-town, Njikoka LGA, Anambra State, with the chieftaincy title of “odelwa”, she said.

Adichie is known for her fiction, nonfiction, and short story writing, among which are, “Purple Hibiscus” (2003), “Half of a Yellow Sun” (2006), and “Americanah” (2013), the short story collection “The Thing Around Your Neck” (2009), and the book-length essay “We Should All Be Feminists” (2014).

Her most recent books are “Dear Ijeawele”, or “A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” (2017), “ Zikora” (2020) among many others.

She was referred to in The Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in introducing a new generation of readers to African literature,”, particularly in her second country, the United States.

The renowned author also boasts of doctorate degrees from several reputable institutions including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Georgetown University, and John Hopkins University.

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