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Nigerian’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Address Harvard Graduating Class

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Acclaimed creator Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been chosen by the Harvard College Class of 2018 to address the graduating seniors as a major aspect of the yearly Class Day festivity on May 23, the day preceding Harvard’s 367th Commencement.

“We are respected to welcome Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as our Class Day speaker,” said First Marshal Berkeley Brown ’18, co-seat of the speaker choice panel. “Her persuasiveness and point of view as an essayist and open speaker have enlivened gatherings of people to look past generalizations and social standards to perceive our basic humankind.”


A Nigerian-conceived essayist whose work has been converted into in excess of 30 dialects, Adichie is the writer of the books “Purple Hibiscus,” which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which won the Orange Prize; and “Americanah,” a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award champ, which she finished amid an association year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her latest book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” was distributed in March 2017.

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A convincing storyteller and powerful social faultfinder, Adichie has conveyed two historic point TED talks: “The Danger of a Single Story” in 2009, and her 2012 TEDxEuston talk “We Should All Be Feminists,” which began an overall discussion about women’s liberation and was distributed as a book in 2014.


“In her charming TED talks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie urges us to better comprehend each other’s stories and to get ready for ‘a universe of more joyful men and more joyful ladies who are more genuine to themselves.’ This is an intense message for our class to hear as we consider our opportunity at Harvard and plan to compose the following part of our stories,” said Jerry Nelluvelil, co-seat of the speaker choice council.

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Adichie is additionally the fellow benefactor of Farafina Trust, a Nigerian charitable that advances perusing, composing, social reflection, and engagement with society through the abstract expressions.

The Harvard College Senior Class Committee has welcomed a visitor speaker for Class Day since 1968. Before that, the respect was given to University associates, for example, senior members, workforce, or cohorts. The primary welcomed visitor was Martin Luther King Jr., who acknowledged the welcome in a matter of seconds before his death. His dowager, Coretta Scott King, conveyed the discourse in his nonappearance and furthermore turned into the primary lady to give a Class Day address at Harvard. Since that time, speakers have spread over fields including legislative issues, social activism, reporting, film, drama, and that’s just the beginning.


Notwithstanding Adichie’s address, Class Day incorporates grant introductions and understudy speeches. The majority of the occasions will occur in Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard starting at 2 p.m. furthermore, will be gushed live on the web.