John Hopkins University Awards Chimamanda Adichie Honorary Degree – Prolific Nigeria writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded a honorary degree by John Hopkins University.
Miss Adichie was honored alongside 7 other accomplished professionals, including American filmmaker and director, Spike Lee.
The Half Of A Yellow Sun writer said in a video to mark the occasion: “My advice to the graduating seniors is, eat real food, as often as you can. And embrace ignorance. Say those words ‘I don’t know’. Because by embracing ignorance you open up the possibility of knowledge.”
Spike Lee, who is known for his combating racial and social barriers in America through his work, began his speech with the words: “Wake Up.”
“Wake up from the sleep, wake up from being comatose, wake up from the slumber that keeps your eyes shut to all the inequalities and injustices. To this more often than not evil, crazy and insane world we live in. Let’s move our unconscious minds from the back to the front to a conscious state, and wake up.”
Lee continued: “We are at a very crucial moment in history in these United States of America. And the way I’m looking at it today, to tell you the truth, things are looking dicey. It can go either way.
“I wish you could be graduating into a world of peace, light, and love, but that’s not the case. We don’t live in a fairytale, but I guess the one percent does. After you leave here today, it’s going to be real life, and real life is no joke. It’s real out here for the 99 percent, for sure. It’s up to the graduating class to make a better world.”