Chimamanda Adichie Addresses University of Pennsylvania’s 2020 Graduating Class

A file photo of Chimamanda Adichie
A file photo of Chimamanda Adichie


Award-winning writer and novelist Chimamanda Adichie on Monday paid tribute to the 2020 Graduating Class of the University of Pennsylvania charging them to help change the world.

Delivering the commencement speech at the university – which she did virtually – Adichie noted that it was a strange time to be graduating.

“I can imagine that it must also be a difficult time, a confusing time, a disorienting time but if there is anything to be said for this strange time in which we find ourselves, it is this, that for you graduating at this time it is among other things an opportunity to start to think about the kind of world that we want to remake.”

She said she found the achievements of the graduating class impressive.

“I do have to say that I am most moved by the sacrifices that you’ve made, the sacrifices that you’ve had to make – I think even that is an achievement.”

Adichie had been tapped back in February to deliver the Ivy League University’s commencement speech this month, making her the first black woman to achieve the feat at the institution after then-US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Patricia Harris did so 42 years ago.But the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in major cities across the globe meant the ceremony had to be held virtually.

On Monday morning, the graduating class was joined by students, alumni, associates, teaching, and non-teaching staff worldwide to mark the occasion.

During the graduation ceremony, a special tribute was paid to the graduating students including special remarks from the President, Provost, students’ performances and the conferral of degrees.

Adichie, who also received an honorary doctorate degree from the university, encouraged the graduands to remain strong and focused amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“These may be strange times – they certainly are for me – but I want to urge you to remember that there is so much to celebrate. You’ve done it. You’ve graduated. Congratulations,” she said.

According to the university, the 264th Commencement Day event will hold physically on May 22 & 23, 2021.

“…when we all plan to be together again, taking our traditional march down Locust Walk to the Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration in Franklin Field,” the school wrote on its website.

On the same day, the institution said, Adichie will physically re-address the Class of 2020 and fully give her commencement speech on that day.

Adichie told the graduands, “I’m looking forward very much to addressing you in Franklin field sometime in the future and looking forward very much to meeting you.”

Woman, Daughter Accused Of Murdering Five Relatives

This Bucks County District Attorney’s Office handout photo obtained February 26, 2019, shows suspects Shana Decree (L) and Dominique Decree who have been charged after five of their relatives were found dead in a Morrisville, Pennsylvania apartment.
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A woman and her daughter have been charged in Pennsylvania with murdering five members of their family, including three children, in what they claimed was a collective suicide pact.

Shana Decree, 45, and her daughter, Dominique, 19, have each been charged with five counts of murder, the US District Attorney’s office for Bucks County said in a statement.

They are being held without bail.

Police found the pair in a “disoriented” state on Monday in an apartment in Morrisville, a town of about 10,000 people some 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of New York.

The bodies of five of their relatives were discovered in the apartment and Shana and Dominque Decree told police they had all “wanted to die.”

“Shana advised that all, including the children, were talking about suicide,” detectives said in an affidavit.

They said the apartment was “in disarray, with furniture turned over and with broken glass and clutter throughout.”

Two of the victims were identified as Shana Decree’s children, Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13.

The others were Shana Decree’s sister, Jamilla Campbell, 42, and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters Imani and Erika Allen.

All of the victims were apparently strangled but the two women gave contradictory accounts of who carried out the murders, police said.

Clinton Campaign Sends Supporters Home

Clinton Campaign Sends Supporters HomeHillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, has announced to the Javits Center in New York, where Hillary Clinton was holding her election night party, that she would not concede the election or speak on the night.

“I know you’ve been here a long time and it’s been a long night and it’s been a long campaign, but I can say, we can wait a little longer, can’t we?” Podesta said to cheers.

“We’re still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”

“She is not done yet. … Let’s get the votes counted and bring this home,” he added.

Republican Donald Trump has edged closer to winning the White House with a series of shocking wins in battleground states such as Florida and Ohio on Tuesday.


Republicans Retain Control Of US Senate

Republicans Retain Control Of US SenateThe Republicans have kept control of the Senate, with several races still to be decided.

Senator Pat Toomey’s narrow victory over Democrat Katie McGinty, in Pennsylvania, pushed the party over the line.

It means the Republicans will continue to have control of both Houses of Congress.

Republican Donald Trump has also edged closer to winning the White House with a series of shocking wins in battleground states such as Florida and Ohio on Tuesday.

If Donald Trump wins the White House, the party will have a clean sweep, making it easier for them to pass legislation.

US Election Live: Trump Wins US Presidential Election, Clinton Concedes

Donald Trump addresses supporters as United States President-elect.

“Hillary fought very hard. She has worked very long & hard over a long period of time. We have a sense of gratitude for her service,” #Trump says in speech after victory.

“It is time for us to come together as one united people.

“I pledge that I will be president to all Americans. We will rebuild our infrastructure which will become by the way second to none and we will put many of our people to work as we rebuild it

“We must reclaim our country’s destiny.

“While we will always put America’s interest first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”


Republican Donald Trump wins Pennsylvania


Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton calls Republican candidate Donald Trump, to concede the election and to congratulate him on his victory.


43 states now called.

Donald Trump leads with 245 electoral votes while Hillary Clinton trails with 218.


Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, tells supporters: “We have nothing more to say tonight” as he sends supporters home.


The Republicans have kept control of the Senate, with several races still to be decided.

Senator Pat Toomey’s narrow victory over Democrat Katie McGinty, in Pennsylvania, pushed the party over the line.


Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump needs 26 more electoral college votes to emerge winner.

There are nine states left to go.


Republican Donald Trump wins the key states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, while Hillary Clinton wins Virginia, California and New York as counting continues across America.

From 41 states.

A final result is expected soon.


40 states called.

Donald Trump wins key swing state Florida and Utah.

Shoots ahead with 228 electoral votes. Clinton trails with 209.


36 states called.

Hillary Clinton wins Oregon with seven electoral votes. Now leads Donald Trump with 197 to 187 electoral votes.

A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to emerge winner.


Hillary Clinton takes California with 55 electoral votes and shoots ahead with 190. Trump has 187.


Hillary Clinton wins Colorado with nine electoral votes.

31 states called.


Democrat, Hillary Clinton wins Virginia, and is projected to win 13 electoral votes to reach 122.

Electoral votes count now 168 for Trump, 122 for Clinton.

30 states called.


Republican Donald Trump wins Ohio which offers 18 electoral votes.

Now has 168 electoral votes to Clinton’s 109

29 states called. Florida, North Carolina others remain tight


North Carolina, Michigan and New Hampshire are emerging as key battlegrounds as figures remain tight between both candidates.

Florida remains too close to call.


Democrat, Hillary Clinton tweets as results trickle in.


24 states called.

With Trump projected to have captured Texas and Clinton taking New York and Illinois, Trump has 129 electoral votes and Clinton has 104.


Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton waging a close battle in several crucial battleground states. Florida has been a tight battle.


15 states called.

Hillary Clinton leads with 68 electoral college votes, while Donald Trump trails with 66.


With votes in 14 out of 50 states, Hillary Clinton leads with 68 electoral college votes, while Donald Trump trails with 57.

The projection for Donald Trump is from the states of Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Hillary Clinton has New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.


Donald Trump takes the state of West Virginia in addition to Indiana and Kentucky.

This projects electoral votes for Trump up to 24 while Clinton has three.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has won two states of Indiana and Kentucky while Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton has clinched Vermont.

Trump’s win in the two states have earned him 19 electoral votes while Clinton has three electoral votes.

The wait is almost over for most American citizens itching to find out who becomes the 45th president of the United States as polls are closing across the states.

Results are expected to start coming in from the polls.

Trump Campaign Files Lawsuit Over Nevada Voting

Trump campaign Files Lawsuit Over Nevada VotingRepublican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has sued the registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada, over a polling place in Las Vegas that was allowed to remain open late to accommodate people who were lined up to vote.

Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are in a close contest for Nevada’s six electoral votes in Tuesday’s election after a long and contentious campaign.

Nevada is one of several states that permits early voting and Las Vegas is viewed as a base of support for Clinton.

Nevada state law says voters who are in line at 8 p.m., when the polls close, must be allowed to cast their ballots.

Trump’s lawsuit, filed in a Nevada state court on Monday, said election officials violated state law because they allowed people to join the line after 8 p.m. at a polling location at a Latino market.

Trump, who said last month that he might not accept the outcome of the national election if he thinks it is unfair, asked in the lawsuit that the ballots from the Latino market be kept separate from other votes, pending any legal challenges to the state’s results.

“We have to keep the system honest,” Trump said.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said the lawsuit asks the county to preserve records, “which is already required by law for us to do that.”

Meanwhile, there are reports that the Nevada judge has rejected the emergency lawsuit by Donald Trump who is suing to isolate early voting ballots from four voting locations.

Clinton and Trump Vote In US Election

US electionBoth the Democratic and Republican candidates in the ongoing US election have cast their votes in New York their home state.

Democrat, Mrs Hillary Clinton was the first of the two to vote, casting her ballot at a polling booth in New York alongside her husband.

“I know how much responsibility goes with this and so many people are counting on the outcome of this election, what it means for our country and I will do the very best I can if I am fortunate enough to win today,” she told reporters after she voted.

Earlier she took to Twitter to urge voters to “go make some history today”.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump later stepped out to cast his vote near his home in Manhattan, New York.donald-trump-votes

Earlier, Mr Trump had embarked on his final push for votes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, against earlier plan to do so in New Hampshire.

He told voters that this Election Day is America’s independence day and an opportunity for workers to strike back by voting him in as president.

He promised voters of strict import laws and monitoring of the borders and more employment opportunities for Americans.

Voting has been going on smoothly as Americans elect a new president who will lead the country for the next four years.

It is an election that is expected to either elect the first female president for the country or it will be the first time an outsider – a businessman – would become the leader of the world’s most powerful country.

Early voting closed on Friday and resumed again on Tuesday morning. Voting ends 8PM.

VIDEO: Officials Explain US Election Process

US election processLess than 24 hours to the United States presidential elections, the two candidates are still going strong as they wind up their campaigns.

For the rest of the world, one big question aside from who wins the election, is how the American election process works.

In this report, Channels TV correspondent Seun Okinbaloye, who is covering the election gives an insight into the US election process.

Donald Trump Rushed Off Stage In Nevada

Donald Trump Rushed Off StageDonald Trump has been rushed off stage, by secret service agents, after a man approached his stage, in Reno, Nevada, announcing he was holding a gun.

Trump returned minutes later, thanking supporters for their faith in him, and continued his speech saying “nobody said it was going to be easy for us… I want to thank the secret service.”

The secret service later confirmed that someone in front of the stage had shouted ‘gun’, but that upon thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found.

Trump is set to visit Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota, which has not voted Republican since 1972.

This was the second time the Secret Service was forced to remove Trump from the stage.

At a March rally in Ohio, Trump was escorted off after a man rushed the stage, saying he wanted to “bully the bully”.

At a June rally in Las Vegas, a British man, Michael Sandford, tried to grab a police officer’s gun in an attempt to use it to shoot Trump.

He pled guilty in September and faces up to two years in prison and deportation from the US. Sandford’s attorney said the man was delusional at the time.

Trump Gains On Clinton, Poll Shows ‘Rigged’ Message Resonates

donald-trumpThe Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gained on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Friday.

The polling data showed Trump’s argument that the Nov. 8 election is “rigged” against him has resonated with members of his party.

“Remember folks, it’s a rigged system,” Trump told a Pennsylvania rally on Friday. “That’s why you’ve got to get out and vote, you’ve got to watch. Because this system is totally rigged.”

Clinton led Trump 44 percent to 40 percent, according to the Oct. 14-20 Reuters/Ipsos poll, a 4-point lead. That compared with 44 percent for Clinton and 37 percent for Trump in the Oct. 7-13 poll released last week.

An average of national opinion polls by RealClearPolitics shows Clinton 6.2 percentage points ahead at 48.1 percent support to Trump’s 41.9 percent.

Trump is slated to give a speech Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, best known as the site of a decisive Civil War battle and cemetery, and the place where Republican President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous address.

Aides told reporters on Friday night that Trump would make his closing argument to voters in his speech, and preview what he would do in his first 100 days in the White House.

“I think this site is fitting in terms of understanding a positive vision for the Republican party,” an aide said.

Trump’s campaign was thrown into crisis after a 2005 video released this month showed him bragging about groping and kissing women. He has since faced accusations – which he has said are “absolutely false” – that he made improper sexual advances to women over decades.



US Election: Trump Says Hillary Clinton Is ‘The Devil’

Donald Trump, clinton, devilRepublican candidate, Donald Trump, has unleashed another strong criticism of his democratic rival Hillary Clinton saying she is “the devil”.

Speaking at a rally in a high school gym in Pennsylvania, Mr Trump also attacked Bernie Sanders for capitulating to Mrs. Clinton in the Democratic race. According to him, Mr Sanders made a deal with the devil.

This comes after Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned Mr Trump for his remarks about a US Muslim soldier’s parents.

The Republican presidential nominee had caused controversy by suggesting Ghazala Khan had been prevented from speaking alongside her husband at the Democratic convention last week.