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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie secures ‘Winner of Winners’ book award

Half Of A Yellow Sun won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2007.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won a new award (Manny Jefferson/PA)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won a new award (Manny Jefferson/PA)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won a new award (Manny Jefferson/PA)

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has scooped an award celebrating 25 years of the Women’s Prize For Fiction.

She won the Women’s Prize For Fiction “Winner of Winners” for her novel Half Of A Yellow Sun.

Readers chose Adichie’s novel over works by Zadie Smith, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain, Maggie O’Farrell and the late Andrea Levy.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie when she was shortlisted for the prize (Jane Mingay/PA)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie when she was shortlisted for the prize (Jane Mingay/PA)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie when she was shortlisted for the prize (Jane Mingay/PA)

Set in Nigeria during the Biafran War, Half Of A Yellow Sun won the Women’s Prize For Fiction in 2007.

Featuring issues of colonialism, class, race and female empowerment, it was adapted into a film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in 2013.

The Nigerian-born writer said: “I’m 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.’”

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