A member of Chimamanda’s communications team, Omawumi Ogbe, recently revealed that Chimamanda declined the honour outrightly.
According to her team, the author did not accept the award, and as such, did not feel the need to attend the ceremony.
Ogbe added that Adichie, however, did not want to create undue publicity around it, so her non-acceptance was conveyed privately.
Her words, “Following the recent conferment of national awards by the President, there have been conflicting reports about one of the announced recipients, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Some social media users say the award-winning writer rejected the award, while others say she accepted it.?”
“The author did not accept the award and, as such, did not attend the ceremony. She, however, did not want to create undue publicity around it, so her non-acceptance was conveyed privately.”
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