Chimamanda Adichie becomes First Nigerian to Receive UN Foundation Global Leadership Award
Award-winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been honoured with the Global Leadership Award by the UN Foundation Global Leadership.
Chimamanda was recognised at the “We the Peoples,” the 2019 UN Foundation’s Global Leadership Dinner, held in New York on the 21st of November, 2019.
The event is held annually to commemorate the UN Charter and the work of UN agencies.
The award-winning writer was recognized with a Global Leadership Award for her work using literature and storytelling to connect with people across generations and cultures on issues of gender and racial equality and being a leader on the frontlines of global progress. This comes after Adichie’s Half of A Yellow Sun was recently named in BBC’s 100 Novels that shaped our world.
From transforming the global food system to defending human rights to using literature to connect with individuals on issues of equality, the “We the Peoples” honorees continue to make invaluable contributions to the world. The foundation recognizes that their work brings to life the goals enshrined in the UN Charter – to promote peace, justice, and fundamental human rights for all people.
Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is not only the first Nigerian honoree but also the youngest African to receive the UN Foundation Global Leadership Award. Previous honorees include former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Kofi Annan.