Popular Nigerian novelist and writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have bagged the 2018 PEN Pinter prize, this will make her the first Nigerian to do so. The PEN Pinter prize is intended to honour a writer of “outstanding literary merit”.
Over the last decade, the award has been won by writers including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Tom Stoppard.
“I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name”.
Judges for the award praised Adichie’s “refusal to be deterred or detained by the categories of others”.
“In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule,” said Maureen Freely, chair of trustees for English PEN. “Sophisticated beyond measure in her understanding of gender, race, and global inequality, she guides us through the revolving doors of identity politics, liberating us all.”
Adichie will be awarded the prize on 9 October, when she will also announce her co-winner, the 2018 International Writer of Courage.
Adichie will choose an author “who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty”.
The award-winning novelist was hailed by Harold Pinter’s widow, the biographer Antonia Fraser, as a writer who embodies “those qualities of courage and outspokenness which Harold much admired”.
We say Congratulations
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