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Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:24

PEN Pinter prize: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins important award

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Nigerian writer, poet and novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the 2018 PEN Pinter prize. Adichie is a worldwide sensational author with a house hold name as a result of her books and TED talks.  The prize award was named in the recognition and memory of playwright Harold Pinter.

She was hailed by Harold Pinter’s widow, the biographer Antonia Fraser, as a writer who embodies “those qualities of courage and outspokenness which Harold much admired”.


“I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name,” said Adichie.




Judges for the award praised Adichie’s “refusal to be deterred or detained by the categories of others”.


“In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule,” said Maureen Freely, chair of trustees for English PEN. “Sophisticated beyond measure in her understanding of gender, race, and global inequality, she guides us through the revolving doors of identity politics, liberating us all.”



An award-winning novelist – her 2004 debut Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth writers’ prize, Half of a Yellow Sun won her the Orange prize in 2006, and Americanah took the US National Book Critics Circle award in 2014 – Adichie is also known for her TED talks and essays. Her most recent book is Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, which began as advice for a friend about how to raise her daughter as a feminist.Her 2013 TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists, was later published as a pamphlet and distributed to every 16-year-old in Sweden as part of a campaign by the Swedish Women’s Lobby. Audio from the talk was also sampled by Beyoncé in her song ***Flawless.

Adichie will be awarded the prize on 9 October

Credit: Guardian london

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