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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins 2018 PEN Pinter Prize

Unic Press UK: A Nigerian prolific writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the 2018 Edition of the PEN Pinter Prize. The prize was established in 2009 in memory of Harold Pinter – a Nobel-winning playwright.

In a statement on its website, the English PEN said: “The Prize is awarded annually to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world, and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’. The winner must the author of a significant body of plays, poetry, or fiction of outstanding literary merit, written in English. The prize is shared with an international writer of courage selected by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee in association with the winner. This half of the prize is awarded to someone who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs.”

Some of the previous recipients.

Year British Winner International Winner
2017 Michael Longley Mahvash Sabet
2016 Margaret Atwood Tutul
2015 James Fenton Raif Badawi

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (CNA) is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book; and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Ms. Adichie is also the author of the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.” Her writings also include a recent book, ‘Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’, published in 2017. 

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