Popular Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has become the first Nigerian to be awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for her thought-provoking novels and charismatic public presence.
The Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction includes a cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, standard royalty contract and a short novel or novella.
She attended the Mary McCarthy Prize in Bard College as a special guest.
Chimamanda’s first novel Purple Hibiscus published in 2003 won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and has been translated to over 30 languages.
Her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize which is the world’s top prize for female writers.
Her novel Americanah (2013) received the National Book critics Circle Award including many other recognitions like been in the list of the New York Times’ Top Ten Best Books of the Year.
Her most recent book, a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions or Dear Ijeawele, was published March 2017.
Chimamanda is also a recipient of MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and was recently conferred with honorary degree from Haverford College and Williams College.
To the ceremony, she wore the Nigerian Brand Zohi Taglit leather stripped jumpsuit with wide legged bottoms and flare sleeves to promote her ‘Wear Nigerian’ project.
The 39 year old writer, was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in the year 2008. She was described in the Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”.
Recall that, in March 2017, Chimamanda’s Americanah was picked as the winner for the “One Book, One New York” program, part of a community reading initiative encouraging all city residents to read the same book.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has recently been elected into the 237th class of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the highest honours for intellectuals in the United States. BBC reports that the author will be one of 228 new members to be inducted on the 7th of October, 2017.
She is really a gem. Congratulations to her.