Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is undeniably one of Nigeria’s most prolific writers.
Between being a best-selling author, feminist, cultural critic, and a lecturer, she has yet added another feather to her hat, The 2019 Everett M. Rogers Award.
The Everett M. Rogers Award that has been presented since 2007, honours the late USC Anneberg professor with the same name, whose “Diffusion of Innovation” is the second-most cited book in the social sciences.
Chimamanda was considered the perfect candidate for 2019 Rogers Award because according to Willow Bay, the current USC Annenberg School Dean, she had the voice and power to inspire made. Here are the exact words of the Dean:
“Her voice and her power to inspire made Chimamanda Adichie the unanimous choice for the 2019 Rogers Award. Her visit will continue the global conversation about race, gender and identity to which she’s contributed so forcefully.”
Ms. Adichie’s first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her 2013 novel Americanah won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times’ Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages.
She will receive the award and speak at USC Annenberg on Feb. 7, 2019.