Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘Winner of Winners’

Megan Sutton
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Photo credit: Women's Prize for Fiction
Photo credit: Women's Prize for Fiction

From Good Housekeeping

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘Winner of Winners’ title for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Women's Prize for Fiction, the voting public were asked to choose their ultimate winner of all the 25 recipients, which include Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy and Maggie O'Farrell. Chimamanda won out over the stellar line-up of authors.

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s haunting novel, originally won the Women's Prize for Fiction (then the Orange Prize) in 2007. Set in Nigeria during the Biafran War, the novel is about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class, race and female empowerment.

Adichie said of her win: "I’m especially moved to be voted ‘Winner of Winners’ because this is the Prize that first brought a wide readership to my work – and has also introduced me to the work of many talented writers."

Adichie has been presented with a specially-commissioned silver edition of the Prize’s annual statuette, known as the ‘Bessie’, which was originally created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven as part of the gift of an anonymous donor.

Photo credit: Women's Prize for Fiction
Photo credit: Women's Prize for Fiction

An exclusive live online event with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be hosted by the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Kate Mosse, the Founder Director of the Prize, on Sunday 6 December at 7pm. Tickets are available via the Women's Prize for Fiction’s website.

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