Nigeria’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won Britain’s Orange Prize for fiction by women, becoming the first African to take the award in its 12-year history, organizers said Wednesday.
Adichie, 29, also the youngest author to have won the prize, was awarded for novel Half of a Yellow Sun, set during the Nigeria-Biafra conflict of the 1960s.
"I can only tell you how profoundly happy I am," Adichie said, collecting the award at a London ceremony. "Now I have to go and make a phone call to Nigeria."
She beat out finalists including India’s Kiran Desai and American writer Anne Tyler for the US$60,000, awarded for a novel by a woman published in English. Yellow Sun was a finalist earlier this year for the National Book Critics Circle fiction prize.