Award winning Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Adichie has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a foreign honorary member.
According to a press release by the Academy, the honorary members will be inducted at the annual induction in May.
The Academy explained that Adichie will be honoured alongside 14 others.
The statement by the Academy said;
“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 organisation and Yehudi Wyner, the president will induct three foreign honorary members.”
The objective of the Academy includes 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 her 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).
This induction will make Chimamanda the second Nigerian to be inducted into the academy after Wole Soyinka.
Soyinka, a Nobel laureate, was inducted in 1986.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Enugu State, Nigeria.
She earned a prestigious creative writing master’s from Johns Hopkins in 2003, the year her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published to worldwide acclaim. At just 26, Adichie was shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction and won the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and her career has since skyrocketed
Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope.
Another of her novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.
Her latest novel Americanah was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.
A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.