Young Nigerian wins British book award

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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.

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4 Responses to “Young Nigerian wins British book award”

  1. MoAl says:

    Always fantastic to see Nigerian achieving great things … and there are more where she came from!

  2. pmdaboh says:

    Congratulations to her and all Nigeria. Nigeria produces some very good people!

  3. HYCINTH says:

    i’ve read all her bools i think she’s good

  4. NZE says:

    THAT BOOK IS NOT GOING TO BE GREATER THAN MY BOOK, WHICH HAS 5000 AFRICAN MASK NEVER BEEN SEEN, TITLED …CODE.. NZE…..MYSPACE .COM/NZESART

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