Globally respected Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has yet added another award to her list as she is given 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.”
The judges of the prize described Adichie’s understanding of gender, race and global inequality as “sophisticated beyond measure.”
Adichie, speaking on the prize, 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. She will also, on that date, announce her co-winner, the winner of the “International Writer of Courage,” a prize given to a writer “who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty.”