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Chimamanda bags Thought Leadership Award


The Global Hope Coalition (GHC) has honoured Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with the Special Distinction for Thought Leadership award.

The award-winning author was honoured during the GHC’s 2018 annual awards dinner in New York City recently.

Adichie was recognised for the impact of her work in shaping global conversations bordering on feminism, race, and North/South relations.

Award-winning producer and philanthropist Ms. Francine LeFrak, with CNN Lead Political Anchor, Wolf Blitzer as host, presented her award.

No less than 500 guests from different spheres including but not limited to business, government, philanthropy, the arts, education and human rights were in attendance.

As a highlight of the 2018 Awards Dinner, five individuals from Tunisia, Denmark, France, Sudan, and Mali were recognized as 2018 Heroes of the Global Campaign Against Extremism and Intolerance.

The 2018 dinner served as a special tribute to leaders and organizations that have reacted with compassion and dignity to refugee crises in different parts of the world.

Special Distinctions for Leadership were presented to Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, H.E. Beji Caid Essebsi, President of Tunisia (represented by Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia), H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and H.E. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece.

In addition to Adichie’s award, individual awards were presented to the Honorable Fouad Makhzoumi (member of the Lebanese Parliament), the International Rescue Committee / Sesame Workshop, and leading Turkish philanthropist Ms. Demet Sabancı Çetindoğan.

The Global Hope Coalition (GHC), established in 2016, is a network of four not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong.

The coalition aims to empower courageous “Everyday Heroes” who stand up to terror, violence, and intolerance, and to recognize those whose efforts preserve our cultural heritage and build bridges across cultures.

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