Noviolet Bulawayo

Varsities honour NoViolet

Bruce Ndlovu
Trailblazing Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo continues to rake in the honours in the United States, as a group of universities has awarded her an Outstanding Alumni Award for her work in the world of literature.

NoViolet was awarded the honour alongside four other luminaries in fields that range from business to charity work.

The awards are given by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), an organisation that brings together Americaa��s community colleges under one umbrella.

Every year since 1982, AACC has presented the Outstanding Alumni Award to those individuals nominated by their community college who have excelled in their field and given back to their community.

This yeara��s awards were presented at the AACC Annual Convention in Chicago a fortnight ago.

NoViolet, who attended Njube High School and later Mzilikazi High School for her A levels while she was still in Zimbabwe, completed her college education in the US, studying at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

She later earned her bachelora��s and mastera��s degrees in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce and Southern Methodist University respectively. In 2010, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Cornell University, where her work was recognised with a Truman Capote Fellowship.

In January this year NoViolet was one of five luminaries in various fields who were chosen as recipients of the Princeton Universitya��s annual Hodder fellowship. The Hodder Fellowships are awarded to people who have begun to build a respected body of work, but have not yet received widespread recognition.

The Zimbabwean author is working on her second book following the universal acclaim and success of her debut novel, We Need New Names.