Posted on November 12, 2020 at 10:54 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrated twenty-five years of existence this year.

To mark that occasion — and perhaps to provide an additional distraction during a challenging year — the organizers held a public vote to see which of the past winners was the “winner of winners.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie emerged triumphant for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun (which won in 2007).

“I’m especially moved to be voted ‘Winner of Winners’ because this is the Prize that first brought a wide readership to my work – and has also introduced me to the work of many talented writers,” Adichie told prize organizers.

Her novel is set during the Biafran War, in which the state of Biafra attempted (unsuccessfully) to secede from Nigeria; it also received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Open Book Award, and was adapted into a movie.

Adichie will receive a special statuette and be featured in an online event, as reward for her victory.

You can read more about the Women’s Prize contest on the award website.

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