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Media aide reveals Chimamanda Adichie rejected the national honors

Media aide reveals Chimamanda Adichie rejected the national honors

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a renowned Nigerian author who was recently honored with Harvard University’s prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, has voiced out on her omission from President Buhari’s ceremony on Tuesday, October 11, during which national honors were presented.

Chimamanda communications team member, Omawumi Ogbe, explicated the situation by telling The Guardian that the author rejected the honor.

In her words, Ogbe said;

“Following the recent conferment of national awards by the President, there have been conflicting reports about one of the announced recipients, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Some social media users say the award-winning writer rejected the award, while others say she accepted it.

The author did not accept the award and, as such, did not attend the ceremony. She, however, did not want to create undue publicity around it, so her non-acceptance was conveyed privately.” 

The honours were defended by President Buhari when presenting awards to 450 Nigerians and foreigners revealing that the awardees had distinguished themselves in the service of the nation and humanity.

The President said;

“We have among the recipients today, Amb. Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who are doing our country proud on the international scene. Our dear sisters are a source of inspiration to our young women that through the dint of hard work and dedication, they can achieve greatness.”

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