Chimamanda Adichie, a celebrated Nigerian novelist has been selected as the speaker during the Yale’s 2019 Class Day.
Chimamanda who graduated with a Master’s Degree from Yale in African History in 2008 was according to the Class Day Planning Committee member, Shuyu Song selected based on her ability to give a meaningful speech and the committee cannot imagine a better speaker to honor the four years at Yale than Adichie.
Song said the writer is an inspiring global citizen whose teaching and social activism has had a remarkable impact on the diaspora.
Previously, most of the Class Day speakers selected had been politicians, including former United Nations Ambassador,Samantha Power, 2016 Democratic nominee as US President, Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state John Kerry and former USA’s VP Joe Biden.
Adichie had written bestselling books including “We Should All Be Feminists,” “Americanah” and “The Thing Around Your Neck,” which have been translated into more than thirty languages and was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2013 by The New York Times and in 2017 as the winner of the New York City mayor’s office’s One Book, One New York program.
She also has a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and honorary doctorates from Haverford College, Williams College, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University and Amherst College, among others.
In 2012, Adichie delivered a TEDx talk “We Should All Be Feminists” about her views on gender and sexuality. Parts of the talk were later incorporated into Beyonce’s 2013 song, “Flawless.”