Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Best Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner

Nigerian-born author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, won the Best Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2007 for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun. Now, thirteen years later, she has been voted by over 8,500 readers as the top winner amongst all of the twenty-five women to have received this prize over the past quarter century.





Half of a Yellow Sun was published in 2006 and won the Women’s Prize for fiction in 2007. This novel is about the Biafran War in Nigeria during the late 60’s, and covers issues of race, class, female rights and independence, and dissects the end of colonialism. After it quickly garnered international acclaim, Half of a Yellow Sun was also made into a film in 2013, with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

“I’m especially moved to be voted Winner of Winners,” said Adichie, “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.” In honor of this special acknowledgment, she has received a silver edition of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Award.



“Our aim has always been to promote and celebrate the classics of tomorrow today,” said Kate Mosse, founder of the prize, “and to build a library of exceptional, diverse, outstanding international fiction written by women.” And Adichie most definitely fits this criteria.

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