Anambra Govt Hails Chimamanda Adichie Over Latest Award

Kenechukwu Ofomah

Kenechukwu Ofomah

Anambra State Government has lauded writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for being voted the best Women’s Prize for Fiction winner in the last quarter of a century.

Chimamanda’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun has been voted the best book to have won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in its 25-year history.

Chimamanda, who won the Orange Prize in 2007, was chosen in a public vote from a list of all 25 past winners that included distinguished writers as Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain and Maggie O’Farrell.

A statement signed by Mr. C. Don Adinuba, Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, said Anambra State is in a celebratory mood over the exploits recorded by the prolific Chimamanda.

“Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State who had hosted Chimamanda Adichie on occasions believes that the world-famous author inspirits the Anambra essence of committed intellection, saying the award came at a time the whole world is celebrating Chinua Achebe’s 90th birthday even though posthumously.

“The government and people of Anambra State believe that it is a matter of when, and not if, Chimamanda Adichie will win the esteemed Nobel Prize for Literature,” Adinuba said.

Published in 2006 and set in the mire of the Nigeria-Biafra War, Half of a Yellow Sun explores doomed love in a time of war, ethnic allegiances, class, race and female empowerment.

An excellent novel of critical and commercial success, Half of a Yellow Sun has received global acclaim and was made into a film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in 2013.

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