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Chimamanda Adichie bags ‘Globally Acclaimed Writer’ title, Odeluwa, from her Abba hometown

WRITER and social activist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been conferred with the title of “Odeluwa Abba” in her hometown at Njikoka Council ofAnambra State.

The conferment ceremony, part of events marking the 45th Ofala/birthday celebration of His Royal Highness Sir Leonard Nwankwo Ezeh in Awka, Anambra’s capital city, was graced by eminent political and traditional leaders including governors of both Anambra and Edo states, Charles Soludo and Godwin Obaseki respectfully.

Odeluwa means “Globally Acclaimed Writer,” but her certificate of chieftaincy indicates that the title was “in recognition of her contributions to the development and welfare of Abba town.”

While nudging her to use her vast talent and global influence to bring greater attention to her city of birth, the multiple award-winning author was praised for her accomplishments, which have brought global fame to the hometown.

Born September 15, 1977, in Enugu, Chimamanda, the fifth of six children was born and raised in Nsukka to James Nwoye Adichie, a Professor of statistics, and Grace Ifeoma, first female Registrar of the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

She started her writing career in the city and steadily climbed the global literary acclaim, with her novels, including her debut, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014).

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