HER STORY is very inspiring. She is extremely very beautiful and so intelligent academically. She can be described as ‘Beauty and Brain.’ Port-Harcourt born Nigerian, pretty looking CHINELO OKPARANTA has scored another first in United States being the only Nigerian among the 2017 winners of Great Immigrants Honorees Award, an exclusive ceremony organised by Carnegie Corporation of New York, America’s oldest grant making foundation. Other Carnegie winners include: Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics at MIT, Hushang Ansray, Iranian Statesman/philanthropist, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ghanaian Attorney in UK and few others.
Chinelo, author of many popular books, has won almost every awards in the literary world: winner of 2014 Lambda Literary Award, 2016 Lambda Literary Award, 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in Fiction, 2016 Inaugural Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle, and a 2014 O. Henry Prize.
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This Nigerian genius without a single scandal received her BS from Pennsylvania State University, MA from Rutgers University and MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is a recipient of Colgate University Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction as well as that of the University of Iowa’s Provost’s Postgraduate Fellowship in Fiction.
Chinelo was nominated for a US Artists Fellowship in 2012, awarded additional fellowships and faculty appointments/visiting professorships at Columbia University, Purdue University, Middlebury College (Bread Loaf’s John Gardner Fellow in Fiction), Howard University (Hurston/Wright Foundation Summer Writing Workshop Fiction Faculty), City College of New York, and Southern New Hampshire University.
She has been awarded residencies by the Jentel Foundation, the Hermitage Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Lannan Foundation (Marfa), as well as Hedgebrook. This highly cerebral Nigerian is currently Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing (Fiction) at Bucknell University, where she is also C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Research Fellow.