Nigerian Literary genius and acclaimed Author Ngozi Chimamanda Adiche has been announced as the winner of the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize Award. She will receive the award at a public ceremony at the British Library on the evening of Tuesday, the 9th of October, where she will be expected to deliver a speech. This is great news for the world of Nigerian Journalism and for the author/feminist herself.
The PEN Pinter Prize Awards and the Pinter International Writer of Courage Award both comprise an annual literary award launched in 2009 by the English PEN in honour of the late Nobel Literature Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, who had been a Vice President of the English PEN and an active of the International PEN Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC).
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was chosen by this year’s judges: President of English PEN Philippe Sands; historian, biographer and widow of Harold Pinter Antonia Fraser; writer and critic Alex Clark; poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams, and Chair of Judges and Chair of trustees for English PEN Maureen Freely.
Maureen Freely- “In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule. In her gorgeous fictions, but just as much in her TED talks and essays, she refuses to be deterred or detained by the categories of others. 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”.
A very big congratulations to Chimamanda Adichie, we are inspired!