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
I Love Nigeria posted on 06-06-2007, 14:15:16 PM
Well deserved! She is eloquent and effective in her writings.

Ahem! did the guys see those wondrously gorgeous eyes and the culturally significant braided hair?

Congratulations to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Pappilo posted on 06-06-2007, 14:23:08 PM
These are the type of people that make me proud to be Nigerian. Well done Ngozi and more grease to your fingers!

P.S
Paul adujie
Your master of otta has stiffled the growth of any prospective writers in Nigeria yet you are quick to jump on the bandwagon . Your yeye dey come very soon, big time!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Kelechi posted on 06-06-2007, 14:26:59 PM
Still reading the book and it is simply unputdownable.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Zanderlex posted on 06-06-2007, 14:47:07 PM
Yep! that's what am talking about.............Good Job!, Good Job!.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Neonaijansista posted on 06-06-2007, 15:33:53 PM
A well deserved award for an enormously talented young Nigerian woman.

African literature has certainly come of age. Well done Chimamanda!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Willy posted on 06-06-2007, 15:41:30 PM
Congrats Ms. Adichie, you make us proud.

Here is a review for those that are yet to read the book: http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/ikhide-r.-ikheloa/a-blazing-sun-the-storyteller-re-2.html
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Tatafo posted on 06-06-2007, 15:44:23 PM
Congrats Chimamanda, we told you would get there some day, did we not? I can surely feel you smiling all over now. You deserve this success, this recognition and every other praise due you and a lot more. Many more grease to your elbow.

TTF
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
EezeeBee posted on 06-06-2007, 15:48:01 PM
QUOTE:
These are the type of people that make me proud to be Nigerian. Well done Ngozi and more grease to your fingers!

P.S
suckas like Paul adujie love to jump on every bandwagon, ****** ***********. Your master of otta has stiffled the growth of any prospective writers in Nigeria yet you are quick to jump on the bandwagon . Your yeye dey come very soon, big time!


What is wrong with you Papillo and others? Can't you leave it at praising the author? So ILN praises her too; wetin consain you with wetin im dey praise? His first words were in reference to her writing. His addendum was about her appearance. Na fight?

Don't be so predictable in your insults to ILN and anyone else with whose opinions you disagree. ILN is not your whipping boy and isn't deserving of your insults or disdain.

You may disagree with the point of view without tearing down the person (paraphrased from NigerianInquiry's signature).

Get a grip, wise up and improve your manners!
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Auspicious posted on 06-06-2007, 15:56:19 PM
Congrats to that beautiful lady, o'jere! Me I just love Chimamanda's eyes. She is an oloju come and do..(I am a shying to translate, abeg!)

Auspicious.
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins U.K.`s Orange Prize for Fiction
Omowa2 posted on 06-06-2007, 15:57:03 PM
pappilo

Why do we blame our leaders when we the followers can not respect each other. Why this I am right you are dead mentality? You can still express yourself without going gutter. Nigerians are decent people including you. I know there is more than enough to upset anyone but I have no records of where "textual harassment" has helped a people solve their problems.
Stay blessed who so ever you are
Omowa2
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