Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter prize.
According to Guardian UK, she was hailed by Harold Pinter’s widow, the biographer Antonia Fraser, as a writer who embodies “those qualities of courage and outspokenness which Harold much admired”.
The Nigerian writer is famous for her award-winning and groundbreaking works, including her 2004 debut Purple Hibiscus which won the Commonwealth writers’ prize, Half of a Yellow Sun which won her the Orange prize in 2006, and Americanah which won the US National Book Critics Circle award in 2014.
Other works include her 2013 TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists; and also the micro-book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.
Guardian adds that the PEN Pinter prize is intended to honour a writer of “outstanding literary merit” who – in the words of Pinter’s speech on winning the Nobel prize in 2005 – 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”.
Some of the writers who had won is over the last decade include Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Tom Stoppard.
Speaking about the honour, Adichie 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 awarded the prize on 9 October, when she will also announce her co-winner, the 2018 International Writer of Courage.