Nigeria’s literary icon and acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Adichie will be among the eight recognized individuals and visionaries who have made a mark in various fields, that will be awarded honorary degrees this spring by John Hopkins University U.S.A.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and groundbreaking filmmaker Spike Lee, alongside six others will be conferred with the honorary degrees at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 18 at Royal Farms Arena.
President of the Johns Hopkins University, Ronald J. Daniels, describes the group as people who have challenged the status quo and changed the world for the better. People who have made a lasting impact on the arts, public health, the law, neuroscience and the resilience of communities here in Baltimore and across the globe.
The other recipients are; Susan Baker, the founder of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, who is known for developing the Injury Severity Score, a system used to assess patients with multiple injuries and lobbying for safety features such as air bags.
- Ellen M. Heller, the first woman appointed to be Maryland’s Administrative Circuit Court judge and also chairwoman of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
- Shale Stiller, a trial attorney and a partner at DLA Piper who helped draft Maryland’s statutory laws on estates and trusts.
- Laurie Zabin, the founding director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Richard Axel, who was awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004 for work on how the brain deciphers the world of smell.
- Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation and former provost of Yale who was also the first woman president in the Ivy League at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Chimamanda Adichie the author of acclaimed novels including Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2013, writes stories inspired by her own life in Nigeria and the United States.
She earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars in 2003 and won a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008. As one of the world’s leading feminist and an insightful cultural critic, she has become quite influential on the global stage over the years, continually gaining recognition.