- Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian writer, is to speak at a university in the United States, making her the first black woman to do so since 1978
- Adichie is also to be honoured as a Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) by the prestigious university
- Amy Gutmann, president of the university, noted that Adichie has recorded a lot of success with her works
Chimamanda Adichie, an award-winning Nigerian writer, has been reportedly named the first black woman in 41 years to deliver a speech at the University of Pennsylvania.
The information was confirmed by Africa Facts Zone on social media.
"In May 2020, Chimamanda Adichie will become the first black woman since 1978 to deliver a Commencement Speech at Ivy League School, the University of Pennsylvania," the message said.
Reports say Adichie is also to be honoured as the Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) at the event, scheduled for May 2020.
The honour is reserved for those who have excelled in their chosen professions and areas such as science, literature, religion and government.
The honorary award to be bestowed on Adichie was further confirmed by Amy Gutmann, president of the university, who called it the institution's highest degree.
Gutman said the university notes that Adichie's works have compelling narratives and fascinating commentary, including on complex cultural issues, and that these have a way of elevating the power of the individual voice.
The other black woman who delivered a speech at the institution was Patricia Harris and this was in 1978.
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