Famous Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a foreign honorary member.

Chimamanda will be inducted alongside two other foreign honorees at the annual induction in May.

The award-winning author whose literary works, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, have been adapted for the screen will be the second Nigerian to be inducted into the academy.

Wole Soyinka was the first to be inducted in 1986.

In a press release posted on its website, the academy revealed that 14 Americans and two foreign honorees will be inducted alongside the author.

The other foreign honorees are Kaija Saariaho, a Finnish composer, and Zadie Smith, an English writer.