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Anambra State Govt Lauds Chimamanda Adichie On Best Women’s Prize For Fiction


The government and people of Anambra State have commended Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for being voted the best Women’s Prize for Fiction winner in the last quarter of a century.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba expressed the hope that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun has been voted the best book to have won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in its twenty-five years history.

According to the statement, Chimamanda, who won the Orange Prize in 2007, was chosen in a public vote from a list of all twenty-five past winners that included such distinguished writers like Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain and Maggie O’Farrell saying that one-off award marks the anniversary of the prize, formerly known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey’s Prize, Chimamanda have received a silver edition of the prize’s annual statuette, known as the Bessie.
According to the statement Anambra State is in a celebratory mood like the author and playwright Kate Mosse, the founder and director of the UK-based prize, who has congratulated Chimamanda Adichie.

The statement maintained that Governor Willie Obiano who had hosted Chimamanda Adichie on several occasions believes that the world-famous author inspirits the Anambra essence of committed intellection, saying that the award came at a time the International Community is celebrating Professor Chinua Achebe’s posthumous ninetieth birthday anniversary.

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