Chimamanda Adichie Wins PEN Pinter Prize 2018

Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, a prize in honour of late Nobel laureate Harold Pinter.

Chimamanda Adichie

The prize is given to writers, in memory of playwright Harold Pinter, who take an “unflinching, unswerving” look at the world.

The Purple Hibiscus author 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.”

The judges praised Adichie’s “refusal to be deterred or detained by the categories of others”. Her writing was sophisticated beyond measure in her understanding of gender, race and global inequality”.

She will receive the award at a ceremony at the British Library in October, where she will deliver an address.

Adichie, previously winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Orange Prize, whose TED talks attract a huge audience, recently sparked a debate by questioning whether “chivalry” was sexist.

Previous winners of the PEN Pinter Prize include Margaret Atwood (2016), Salman Rushdie (2014) and Tom Stoppard (2013).

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