“Nigerians have a role model” – Saraki hails Adichie for bagging Harvard University’s iconic medal

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Former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has congratulated celebrated writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on winning Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.

The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at the prestigious university confirmed that Adichie would be honored with the medal on October 6, alongside six others.

According to the center, the medal is presented to people “who embody the values of commitment and resolve that are fundamental to the Black experience in America”.

Also set to be conferred with the medal are basketball legend, cultural critic, and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and ground-breaking actress, Laverne Cox.

The conferment marks another return to Harvard for Chimamanda, who was the Harvard College Class Day Speaker in 2018, and was previously a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2011-2012).

Reacting, in a Facebook post, Saraki said that in Adichie, “Nigerians have a role model”.

“Words cannot express how proud Nigerians are of her achievements.

“Here she is and she will continue to make history in her famous field of culture. I am happy for you,” the former Senate President wrote.

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