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Excitement as Nigeria’s Chimamanda Adichie becomes first black woman to deliver speech at a US school since 1978





- Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian writer is to speak at a university in the United States making her the first black woman to do so since 1978

- Adichie is also to be honoured with 'Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD)' by the prestigious university

- Amy Gutmann, president of the university, notes that Adichie has recorded a lot of successes with her works

Chimamanda Adichie, an award-winning Nigerian writer, has been reportedly named the first black woman in the world, since 41 years ago, to deliver a speech at the University of Pennsylvania.

The information was confirmed by Africa Facts Zone on social media.

"In May 2020, Chimamanda Adichie will become the first black woman since 1978 to deliver a Commencement Speech at Ivy League School, University of Pennsylvania," the message said.

Reports say Adichie is also to be honoured with the 'Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD)' at the event scheduled for May, 2020.

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The honour is reserved for those who have excelled in their chosen professions and areas like science, literature, religion, and government.

The honorary award to be bestowed on Adichie was further confirmed by Amy Gutmann, president of the university, who called it the institution's highest degree.

Gutman said the university notes that Adichie's works have compelling narratives and fascinating commentary including on complex cultural issues and that these have a way to elevate the power of the individual voice.

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The other black woman, who delivered a speech at the institution is Patricia Harris and this was in 1978.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Uduak-Joe Ntuk, a Nigerian, was recently appointed by the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, as the state's oil and gas supervisor.

With the appointment, Ntuk will be responsible for managing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).

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DOGGR uses the power of science and sound engineering as a regulatory means to drilling and management of oil wells.

A statement from the governor’s office said Ntuk had served as a petroleum administrator for Los Angeles, the next biggest city to California in the US.

According to the statement, while in Los Angeles, "he was responsible for oversight and policy of oil fields, gas storage facilities, petroleum refineries, and pipeline franchise agreements.

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