Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been announced as the speaker for the 2019 Yale College Class Day, News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Adichie graduated with a Master’s Degree from Yale in African History in 2008.
According to Yale Daily News, Shuyu Song, a Class Day Planning Committee member said that Adichie was selected based on her ability to captivate her audience with the meaningful and indelible address.
The Yale College Class Day takes place the sunday before commencement. It features a remarkable a speaker chosen with the input of undergraduates.
In the past, the university had speakers like former US VP Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters, Television journalist Fareed Zakaria, however, this year the University broke away from its norm and selected Adichie for her inspiring work and social activism.
Adichie has written bestselling books including 'Purple Hibiscus', 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun'.
She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015 and one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2017.
Adichie graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2001 with a degree in communication and political science. 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.
This year's class day will hold on May 19, 2019.