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Chimamanda Adichie bags Women's Prize 'winner of winners

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie bags Women's Prize 'winner of winners
Emeh Joy

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Half of A Yellow Sun has been voted the best book to have won the Women's Prize for Fiction in its 25-year history.

Adichie won the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2007 and was chosen again as the winner of winners in a public vote from a list of all 25 winners.

Other past winners of the award include Zadie Smith, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain, the late Andrea Levy and Maggie O'Farrell.

According to a BBC report, the one-off award marks the anniversary of the prize, formerly known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey's Prize.

Half of A Yellow Sun is thrilling prose with a setting portraying the Biafran war and exploring the end of colonialism, class, race, tribal loyalty as well as female empowerment.

"I am 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 said.

Chimamanda Adichie received a silver edition of the prize's annual statuette (the Bessie).

Kate Mosse, author, playwright and the founder and director of the UK-based prize congratulated Adichie, saying that she was "thrilled" Half of a Yellow Sun won the award.

"Our aim has always been to promote and celebrate the classics of tomorrow today and to build a library of exceptional, diverse, outstanding international fiction written by women.

"The Reading Women campaign has been the perfect way to introduce a new generation of readers to the brilliance of all our 25 winners and to honour the phenomenal quality and range of women's writing from all over the world", Mosse said.

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