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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Chimamanda wins the Orange!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins the Orange Prize for her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. It was her second time on the shortlist.
Chair of the panel of judges, Muriel Gray, watches moments after the annoucement. Also shortlisted were Kiran Desai, Rachel Cusk, Xiaolu Guo, Jane Harris and Anne Tyler.
Adichie kisses the 'Bessie' the Orange Prize's bronze statuette.
Adichie takes a congratulatory call from Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah. In the background are Odia Ofeimun & Tolu Somolu.
Kate Mosse of the Orange Prize organisation gives the new prize winner her cheque for £30,000
  • More Orange Prize photos at the next blog update.
  • Images © MW

9 comments:

TheWriterStuff said...

I am so pleased to Chimamanda win this award for Half of a Yellow Sun. I enjoyed the book immensely and have recommended to my book club. I think every Black person should read this book to get an indepth understanding of what the Biafran War was all about. I know I found it very enlightening. I'm also very pleased to have discovered this blog and have added it to my favorites.

Zafar Anjum said...

We are also so glad about her win. It's just great. I had read her short story Half of a Yellow Sun(before it became a novel) in Zoetrope All Story and instantly knew it was something superb. Thanks for the photos.

Jola Naibi said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. I am so proud of Ms Adichie, she is one of the writers who are the wind beneath my wings.

chiamaka said...

Am so incredibly happy for Chimamanda.When i heard she had won the orange prize, I cried. Her triumph is also mine, she gives folks like me hope to do what we do.Half of A Yellow Sun tells an amazing story that needed to be told.Am proud of Chimamanda, I am very proud of her.

Tayo said...

I was with a friend when he got an sms announcing her as the winner. I was not surprised... because I expected her to win. I'm so happy she won. I know this is just the beginning.

Bella Naija said...

Congrats to Chimamanda!
I am sooo glad that her initial success did not lead her astray and she was able to deliver once again!
She looks gorgeous tooo!

Wordsbody said...

TheWriterStuff, Zafar, Jola, Chiamaka, Tayo & Bella Naija:

Thanks to you all for your thoughts on the Orange Revolution.

Ms. Adichie's done well!

wordsmith said...

well done, Chimamanda! There was a NEWSNIGHT (BBC2) feature on her the day she one.

And Congrats to Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, for winning the International Man Booker Prize in honour of his literary career: R.E.S.P.E.C.T!

Thomas Xavier Gilberto said...

At last someone in the mould of Soyinka and Achebe. Nigerian literature is dying and we need people like her to reawaken it. Cheers and more grease to your elbow