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Acclaimed Nigerian author speaks at Harvard Class Day

Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm EDT

FILE - In this Wednesday April 18, 2018 file photo, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie attends the Malaria Summit during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Adichie addressed Harvard University's graduates at the school's annual pre-commencement Class Day festivities. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has addressed Harvard University’s graduates at the school’s annual pre-commencement Class Day festivities.

She was selected by the university’s graduating class to speak on Wednesday.

Ngozi Adichie talked about leadership and told the students to “bend toward the side of truth.”

The Nigerian-born writer, whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages, is known for novels including “Purple Hibiscus,” and “Half of a Yellow Sun.”

She also is the co-founder of Farafina Trust, a Nigerian non-profit that promotes reading and writing through the literary arts.

The Harvard College Senior Class Committee has invited a guest speaker for Class Day since 1968.