Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 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 at The United Nations annual awards ceremony. This comes after Adichie’s Half of A Yellow Sun was recently named in BBC's 100 Novels that shaped our world.
This year’s ceremony included remarks from UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed. Other honorees at the ceremony were Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and Former President of Ireland, Gunhild Stordalen, Chair of the Stordalen Foundation and Founder of EAT, UN staff members who have worked on the frontlines of crisis response, amongst others Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is not only the first Nigerian honoree but the first African woman and also the youngest African to receive the UN Foundation Global Leadership Award. Previous honorees in this category include former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan.