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
Abilafia posted on 06-06-2007, 17:07:49 PM
Ngozi, Congratulations, and I pray that soon you will be one of our Noble laureate. However, as your attain heights remember it is God that gives you the wisdom to excel. Once again congratulations.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
2plus2 posted on 06-06-2007, 17:10:45 PM
Nice one. Glad it's coming to NIgeria.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
PARITA posted on 06-06-2007, 17:25:47 PM
Having grown up with Ngozi in the same University town, I am quite proud of her and her achievements.
Ngozi, you have done well and you have proved again that once we set our hearts and minds on our dreams,with hard work,the sky is our limit.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Iphey posted on 06-06-2007, 17:39:44 PM
Chichi well done again and again. May your light continue to shine forth and may you continue to grow in strength and wisdom. Everything good will come your way because you remain one girl with an amazing "can do" spirit. Nne, jisike oh...
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
TEchi posted on 06-06-2007, 17:43:26 PM
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a beautiful charming author. She deserve it. I have just got the book and started reading.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Dele26 posted on 06-06-2007, 17:47:33 PM
QUOTE:
Having grown up with Ngozi in the same University town, I am quite proud of her and her achievements.
Ngozi, you have done well and you have proved again that once we set our hearts and minds on our dreams,with hard work,the sky is our limit.


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Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
PARITA posted on 06-06-2007, 17:53:47 PM
Read well Mr Dele 26...I said grown up together!! AND YES,I love success even more, when its to do with some one I know and I couldn't agree more, "success sure get plenty friends"
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Nero africanus posted on 06-06-2007, 18:02:40 PM
i simply love the way the thread is going so far considering the subject matter
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Ogadinma posted on 06-06-2007, 18:25:50 PM
Dear Chimamanda, I predicted that this would happen, so maybe I ought to share some of this bounty. Congrats Sis, and I hope the next one goes straight through the roof and wins you the Pulitzer in fiction writing. I wish you all the continued best in your smashing career.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Akinso posted on 06-06-2007, 19:51:38 PM
Ngozi,
You cant imagine how proud I am of you. i remember those days at the University of Nigeria , Nsukka, especially the day you had your birthday party in your parents house,the pics we took with Pharoah okadigbo and others including my wife(who I was dating then).
You have done all of us proud and we are very proud to say we are your childhood friends or will I say teen friends.
Tak Care sweetie and keep riding sky high

Akinso
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