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Nigerian Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Receives Honorary Doctorate

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

You can now add doctor in front of Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s name.


On Wednesday, the internationally-recognized author, hailing from Nigeria, received an honorary degree from Johns Hopkins University during its commencement ceremony Wednesday held at Royal Farms Arena.

While robed in the university’s colors black and gold, Dr. Adichie spoke on the power of vulnerability and the words, “I don’t know.”

“By embracing ignorance you open up the possibility of knowledge,” the Half the Yellow Sun author says.

She also encouraged the graduating seniors to “eat real food as often as you can.”

Might she be referring to Nigerian jollof?

Filmmaker Spike Lee was also honored during the ceremony, urging grads to “build bridges of love versus walls of hate” in addition to other international change agents—eight in total.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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