Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s critically acclaimed novel Half Of A Yellow Sun has been named the ‘Winner of Winners’ of the literary award Women’s Prize For Fiction after a public vote. The prize, which was held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the award, saw over 8000 readers vote for their favourite of the prize’s 25 winners. Adichie’s novel beat the likes of Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, the late Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin to win the award.
Half Of A Yellow Sun was first published in 2006 and follows the lives of three characters as they navigate life during the Biafran War in Nigeria. Responding to the award from her home in Lagos, Nigeria, Adichie said she was “especially moved” to be named the ‘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.”
Chimamanda Adichie is an international bestseller and her works – which include her 2013 novel Americanah and her 2014 essay We Should All Be Feminists – continues to be read all over the world. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions, was published in 2017.
Most recently, it was announced that Americanah was being adapted into a mini-series for HBO starring the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Uzo Abuda and Zackary Momoh.