Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has been awarded an honourary degree of Doctor ofÂ Letters by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The award was presented by Timothy Oâ€™Shea, Vice Chancellor of the university, in recognition of her achievement as an author and public intellectual.
While delivering her speech, the 39-year-old author of,â€ We Should All Be Feminists told the audience that she was â€œvery fortunateâ€ to receive the honour.
She said: â€œIt is lovely to be in this place, which is hallowed. I feel very fortunate to be included among the people who have been honoured with a degree from this university.â€
The Director of the Centre for African Studies, Barbara Bompani, who proposed Adichie for the award, according to The Cable, said there are many stories of the influence that â€œChimamanda Ngozi Adichieâ€™s work has had on the lives, thoughts and creativity of others.â€
She said: â€œThrough her writing, her advocacy and her public engagement, she inspires all of us to better understand our own, and other peoplesâ€™ stories.â€
Adichie is a prominent contemporary writer who has authored three award-winning novels, Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, and a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck.
Her most recent work, Dear Ijeawale, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is a series of letters about feminism and motherhood.