Thursday, June 14, 2007
Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won Britain's Orange Prize for fiction by women, becoming the first African to take the award in its 12-year history, organizers said Wednesday.
Adichie, 29, also the youngest author to have won the prize, was awarded for novel "Half of a Yellow Sun," set during the Nigeria-Biafra conflict of the 1960s.
She beat out finalists including India's Kiran Desai and American writer Anne Tyler for the $60,000, awarded for a novel by a woman published in English. "Yellow Sun" was a finalist earlier this year for the National Book Critics Circle fiction prize.
Adichie had previously been a finalist for her debut novel, "Purple Hibiscus," in 2004.
The award's full title is the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction after its sponsor, telecommunications company Orange.
A shortlist for 2007 included writers from five countries, from Pulitzer winner Tyler and Booker Prize winner Desai to first-time British novelist Jane Harris.