In a recent press release, Chimamanda was announced as the winner of next year’s USC Annenberg’s Rogers Award. The award honors the late Everett M. Rogers, former Annenberg associate dean and an influential communication scholar. This award recognizes outstanding scholars and practitioners whose work has contributed path-breaking insights in areas of Rogers’s legacy. According to the press release, she will be honored for reframing the discourse on race, gender and identity.
Chimamanda will receive this award in February, 2019 and we cannot be more excited. So far this year, she has bagged about 3 honourary degrees and she doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Willow Bay, the current USC Annenberg School Dean said:
Her voice and her power to inspire made Chimamanda Adichie the unanimous choice for the 2019 Rogers Award. Her visit will continue the global conversation about race, gender and identity to which she’s contributed so eloquently.
USC Annenberg professor and Norman Lear Center director, Martin Kaplan, added that:
Ev Rogers showed how storytelling could be a catalyst for empowerment and development in Africa and South Asia. Chimamanda Adichie’s work carries that insight worldwide.