By Damilola Faustino
Chimamanda Adichie has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, a prize in honour of late Nobel laureate Harold Pinter.
The prize is awarded to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, who casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world, and shows a “fierce intellectual determination to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.”
Chairman of the judges, Maureen Freely said: “In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule. 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.”
Reacting to the win, the Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun writer, said: “I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name.” She will be presented with the prize on October 9.
The prize was established in 2009 by the charity English PEN “which defends freedom of expression and promotes literature”. Former winners include Margaret Atwood, Sir Salman Rushdie, Sir Tom Stoppard and Dame Carol Ann Duffy.
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