NIGERIA – Chimamanda Adichie has been awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘Winner of Winners’ for ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.
The prize founder and director, Kate Mosse, disclosed this in a statement made available to NAN on Thursday.
In 2007, the novel won the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
It is about Nigeria during the Biafran War.
The book recalled the end of colonialism, class, race and female empowerment and how love can complicate things.
Mosse said: ‘’I am thrilled that Half of a Yellow Sun has won the silver Winner of Winners. Our aim has always been to promote and celebrate the classics of tomorrow today and to build a library of exceptional and outstanding international fiction written by women.
‘’The ‘Reading Women’ campaign has been the perfect way to introduce a new generation of readers to the brilliance of all of our twenty-five winners and to honour the phenomenal quality and range of women’s writing from all over the world.”
Others in the category Adichie won included Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremainand and Maggie O’Farrell.
“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”, the Nigerian said.