Ms Adichie received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at the University’s recently redeveloped St Cecilia’s Hall - Scotland’s oldest concert hall.
The award, presented by the University's Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, is in recognition of Ms Adichie's achievements as an author and public intellectual.
Prominent contemporary writer.
Following the presentation, Ms Adichie was interviewed about her work and ideas by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at an event at Edinburgh International Book Festival in association with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prominent contemporary writers. She is the author of three award winning novels, Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, and a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck.
Her most recent title, Dear Ijeawale, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, takes the form of a series of letters from the author to a friend about feminism and motherhood.