Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been voted the best book to have won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. This is in regards to her to her novel; Half of a Yellow Sun. Half of a Yellow Sun is set in Nigeria during the Biafran War, exploring the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class, race and female empowerment.
Chimamada won the ‘women’s prize for fiction’ in 2007 and has now been chosen as the ‘winner of winners’ in a public vote in which more than 8,500 people voted. She has gone on to beat 25 other authors who were in the running. Other past winners of the prize include Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain and Maggie O’Farrell.
This accolade also comes on the 25th anniversary of the prize. In the past, the award was known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey’s Prize. Chimamanda has expressed her appreciation for the prize saying, “I’m especially moved to be voted Winner of Winners 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.”
Adichie wins a silver edition of the prize’s statuette, which is known as the Bessie.