Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning Nigerian author who was recently awarded Harvard University’s iconic W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, has broken her silence over her absence from President Buhari’s conferment of national honours ceremony on Tuesday, October 11.
To set the record straight, Omawumi Ogbe, a member of Chimamanda’s communications team, told The Guardian that she declined the honor.
“Following the recent conferment of national awards by the President, there have been conflicting reports about one of the announced recipients, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Some social media users say the award-winning writer rejected the award, while others say she accepted it.
“The author did not accept the award and, as such, did not attend the ceremony. She, however, did not want to create undue publicity around it, so her non-acceptance was conveyed privately” Ogbe said.
While conferring the award on 450 Nigerians and foreigners, President Buhari had justified the honours, saying the awardees had distinguished themselves in the service of the nation and humanity.
“We have among the recipients today, Amb. Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who are doing our country proud on the international scene. Our dear sisters are a source of inspiration to our young women that through the dint of hard work and dedication, they can achieve greatness.”the President said.