World renowned novelist from Nigeria, Chimamanda Adichie is to be awarded her 16th honorary doctorate degree by the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium on 28th April.
According to the Editor-in-Chief, Glazia Communication, Omawumi Ogbe, the ceremony would take place at the university’s main campus in Louvain-la-Neuve, located 20 kilometers from Brussels.
Ogbe said that the institution, which was founded by Pope Martin V in 1425, is one of the oldest Catholic universities in Europe and the biggest French speaking university in Belgium.
She said that the school’s most famous alumni include mathematician Vitold Belevich and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
Ogbe quoted the Rector of the university, Vincent Blondel as saying that the Academic Council considered Adichie’s work to be ‘remarkable in many ways and particularly inspiring for the university community’.
Blondel added that Chimamanda embodied the ‘values the university wishes to impart on their students, professors, researchers, and the entire university community.
‘For the new academic year, the university is highlighting the theme, ‘The Fragility of Truth.’ Adichie’s career, divided between fiction and the reality of struggles against all kinds of oppression, adequately illustrates this theme’.
Adichie had received honorary degrees from some of the world’s best universities including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Georgetown University, and Johns Hopkins University.