Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with 227 new members, the Academy announced today. In March, Chimamanda was also elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the second Nigerian to be so honoured, after Professor Wole Soyinka.
Three other Nigerians were also elected into the revered Academy. They include: Akin Mabogunje from the University of Ibadan. He was elected into the History section in the Academy. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) was elected into the Business, Corporate and Philanthropic leadership section of the Academy.
Former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Attahiru M. Jega was elected into the Public Affairs and Public Policy section of the Academy.
She will be inducted in May.In the announcement by the Academy of Arts and Science, Chimamanda was listed among 40 Foreign Honorary Members from 19 countries elected by the Academy. Other foreigners honoured come from Australia, China, India, Japan, and Uganda.The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among the people elected are some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. They will all form the 237th class of the academy.
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