On today’s episode of Nigerians who are going places and making Nigeria proud as they go, Chimamanda is the person of interest. Of course, I know, she has always been a person of interest, but she is on the news again. You see my point?
Having written and published six books, mentored and trained about a hundred writers, won several awards, given countless TED talks, keynote and commencement speeches, and bagged over 10 honorary doctorate degrees from prestigious universities across the globe, it is more than safe to say with confidence that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a force to reckon with.
Only recently, within the last 3 months, was she in the news for receiving 5 honorary awards. She’s in the news yet again as another feather is added to her figurative cap. Selected by Meghan Markle, who is the guest editor for British Vogue Magazine’s September 2019 issue, Chimamanda makes the list believed to “highlight a cast of brilliant female change-makers who are set to reshape society in radical and positive ways”.
The theme for the magazine’s September issue is ‘Force for Change’ and Ms. Adichie makes the list alongside Sudan’s Adut Aketch, Ghana’s Adwoa Aboah, Yara Shahidi, Salma Hayek, and Laverne Cox – the first trans person to be featured on a Vogue cover.
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Introducing the September 2019 issue of #BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Entitled #ForcesForChange, the cover features 15 world-leading women who are reshaping public life for global good, and were personally chosen by The Duchess of Sussex, and British Vogue’s editor-in-chief @Edward_Enninful. The 16th slot – which, in print, appears as a mirror – is intended by The Duchess to show how you are part of this collective moment of change too. Click the link in bio to read about how The #DuchessOfSussex became the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history. Photographed in New York, Stockholm, London and Auckland by @TheRealPeterLindbergh, with fashion editors @Edward_Enninful and @TheRealGraceCoddington, hair by @BartPumpkin and @SergeNormant, make-up by @TheValGarland and @Diane.Kendal, nails by @LorraineVGriffin and @YukoTsuchihashi. On newsstands Friday 2 August. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington
With her numerous contributions to the global feminist cause, literature, and more recently, fashion, we don’t see any other Nigerian more deserving of this recognition. And as usual, we can’t wait to read her interview with them!