Barnard Medal of Distinction: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (left) with Lida Orzeck (right), at the 2016 Barnard Commencement.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (left) with Lida Orzeck (right), at the 2016 Barnard Commencement.

Yesterday, I was arm candy for a cultural rockstar—the acclaimed Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Three other ridiculously accomplished women were also given Barnard Medals of Distinction at the 2016 Barnard Commencement, but it was Chimamanda who got the wild cheers and obvious adulation from the graduates.  I introduced her with the most eloquent remarks (I wish I had written them!) from the stage of Radio City Music Hall—an additional thrill for this native New Yorker.

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