Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.'s Orange Prize for Fiction

Nigerian Novelist Adichie Wins U.K.'s Orange Prize for Fiction
By Hephzibah Anderson

June 6 (Bloomberg) -- Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, collecting 30,000 pounds ($59,775) and a bronze statuette called ``the Bessie'' after defeating competition from Anne Tyler and four other finalists in the U.K.'s annual literary award for women.

Adichie received the award during a ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall for her second novel, ``Half of a Yellow Sun,'' a haunting look at Biafra's struggle in the late 1960s to break away from Nigeria.

This year's finalists had a strong international flavor, both in their nationalities and in their subject matter. Contenders included Indian-born Kiran Desai, whose ``The Inheritance of Loss'' explores how globalization influences a Himalayan village, and Xiaolu Guo from China, author of ``A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers,'' a romance.

Tyler, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was named for ``Digging to America,'' which wryly probes the complexities of identity and belonging through the lives of two American couples who adopt Korean infants.

Adichie's ``Half of a Yellow Sun,'' a Fourth Estate and Knopf title, focuses on a small group of characters to describe the civil war that erupted in Nigeria in 1967, when the Igbo people attempted to establish Biafra.

Twin Sisters, Houseboy

At its heart are twin sisters, beautiful Olanna and homely yet shrewd Kainene. Both have disappointed their wealthy father with their choice of lovers: Olanna by falling for a charismatic academic with revolutionary dreams, Kainene by taking up with a struggling English author. Ugwu, a 13-year-old houseboy, looks on as political violence eclipses these domestic dramas.

Epic in its emotional scope, this finely crafted saga depicts massacres, starvation and forced conscription with heartbreaking humanity, grappling with colonialism and tribalism, class and race. It's also infused, miraculously, with humor.

Born in Nigeria in 1977, Adichie was an Orange finalist in 2004 with her first novel, ``Purple Hibiscus.'' The daughter of a college professor, she grew up on the Nsukka campus of the University of Nigeria, in a house once occupied by novelist and erstwhile Biafran diplomat, Chinua Achebe.

She later studied in the U.S., where she obtained a masters degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and served as a Hodder Fellow at Princeton. She currently divides her time between Nigeria and the U.S., where she's pursuing graduate work in African studies at Yale.

New Writers Award

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Formerly known as the Orange Prize, the award is sponsored by the Orange brand of France Telecom SA and was designed to recognize novels that display ``excellence, originality and accessibility.'' The prize has previously gone to authors such as Zadie Smith for ``On Beauty'' and Lionel Shriver for ``We Need to Talk About Kevin.''

Adichie received the anonymously endowed prize at a champagne reception in the ballroom of newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall. Other finalists included Rachel Cusk for ``Arlington Park'' and Jane Harris for ``The Observations.''

Also presented this evening was the 10,000-pound Orange Broadband Award for New Writers. Now in its third year and open to debut works of fiction written in English and published in the U.K., it was snagged by Karen Connelly for her Burma-set thriller, ``The Lizard Cage.''



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Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Udokaamah posted on 06-06-2007, 19:23:17 PM
YOU GO, GIRL !!!!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
I Love Nigeria posted on 06-06-2007, 19:23:53 PM
Eezeebee & Auspicious,

I thank both of you, for calling for some decorum on the part of Pappilo.

I will not say more, as to do otherwise will disrespect or dishonor the Chimamanda, for whom this thread is initiated and honors... she a winner of a well-deserved and truly earned award. I will not rain on her parade. I sincerely and heartily congratulate Ms. Adichie
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Anointed posted on 06-06-2007, 19:44:20 PM
I feel so elated and joyful at this positive news about a Nigerian. . Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I bless the womb that bore you, the home that nurtured you and the country Nigeria, that produced you. It is so obvious that you are proudly African.

May the good Lord keep on exalting you.

I just wonder if the present day Universities in Nigeria can produce such.

Eezeebee & Auspicious thank you so much for helping to maintain decorum in our midst
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Anon posted on 06-06-2007, 21:34:34 PM
Chimamanda, let me add to cacophony of voices saying well done! You continue to make us proud.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Oguguo Yakere posted on 06-06-2007, 22:20:31 PM
The name Ngozi testifies that she is blessed. This implies the blessing from God almighty. Congratulation Chimamanda for this achievement and thank be to the amighty God for blessing you with this success. May you have many more.

Anointed (most likely Alias ILN)

Habba, why should you go this far with this kind of vanity of a statement;

QUOTE:
I bless the womb that bore you, the home that nurtured you and the country Nigeria, that produced you. It is so obvious that you are proudly African.


It is actually spiritually unethical for you to come to this village square with the claim of not only being anointed but also for arrogating yourself with the authority to bless even "the womb" that bore this innocent child, including the home that nutured her.

Furthermore, what does it mean that Nigeria produced her? All this is arrant nonesence and vanity of vanity talk.

You should keep your impure human blessings to yourself, and pray that God's efficacious blessings (which she already has and which is more than sufficient for her) should continue to be available to her.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Skanbroy posted on 06-06-2007, 22:21:18 PM
Thank you so much Chimamanda. This is one of the few times one truly feels proud to be Nigerian.

Chances of this woman becoming the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever is surely better than that of Nigeria having uninterrupted power supply in my grandmother's life time.

Congratulations!!!!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Chudiokeke2001 posted on 06-07-2007, 01:06:42 AM
In Igbo Land Ngozi simple means Blessing.

But the present day Nigeria Ngozis' have added a new name to theirs---Trailblaze.

First , it was the Late Lady Ngozi Nwizu as Africa┬┤s First Female Head of a para-military organization(the Nigeria Immigration Service)

Later came Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria's First Female Finance Minister.

Now, it's Ngozi Adichie winning the Orange Prize for Fiction.

And am using this medium to shout a Big Kudos to all the Nigeria Ngozis' --those that have made it and those yet to make it.


Chukwudi Okeke.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
EezeeBee posted on 06-07-2007, 01:24:48 AM
QUOTE:
The name Ngozi testifies that she is blessed. This implies the blessing from God almighty. Congratulation Chimamanda for this achievement and thank be to the amighty God for blessing you with this success. May you have many more.

Anointed (most likely Alias ILN)

Habba, why should you go this far with this kind of vanity of a statement;



It is actually spiritually unethical for you to come to this village square with the claim of not only being anointed but also for arrogating yourself with the authority to bless even \"the womb\" that bore this innocent child, including the home that nutured her.

Furthermore, what does it mean that Nigeria produced her? All this is arrant nonesence and vanity of vanity talk.

You should keep your impure human blessings to yourself, and pray that God's efficacious blessings (which she already has and which is more than sufficient for her) should continue to be available to her.


Oguguo, What is YOUR problem? Is it the blessings or is it because you SUSPECT that Anointed is ILN? A suspicion that you have NO PROOF WHATSOEVER of! Again, if you are so paranoid that you see 'visions of ILN' behind every poster, you really need to look in the mirror and do a re-think. Take ILN out of your dreams and face the substantive issues. Yes issues, not just in this thread. I daresay if ILN had to hide under another handle because of the detritus and opprobrium people like you attempt to heap on him, he would have done that long ago!

What is it about his loving Nigeria that drives you so crazy? It is HIS style, not yours so why don't you put a sock in it and face the Orange Prize?

Are any praises and prayers too much to heap on this Naija born-and-bred lady for her creativity and skill? So what if Anointed praises the womb that bore her? So what if he esteems the household in which she was raised? So what if he praises the country that nurtured her? Look beyond your myopic need to cast aspersions on people and FOCUS on the ISSUE not the person. Stop raining on Adichie's parade!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Big-k posted on 06-07-2007, 01:33:05 AM
Chimamanda:

Congrats. I had prophesied at the January book signing at Jazzhole that you're up for two big awards this year. One down .....
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Mikky jaga posted on 06-07-2007, 02:07:58 AM
To those who are seeing another Nobel prize winner in the making I say what for? Why do we need another Nobel prize winner when the one we have is shouted down when he comment on goings on in his father land. Let the lazy ones among us know that it is noit easy to be a Nobel Laureate and give honour to whom it is due, ALWAYS

My dear Ngozi, I say may your sun continue to shine and not become half like that of Biafra. If God answers my prayers and my next child is a female, you know her name already.

More ink to your pen.
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