Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter prize. Chimamanda has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter Award and will receive the award at a public ceremony at the British Library on 9, October, 2018.
She’s expected to deliver an address and also will honor her co-winner, the International Writer of Courage for 2018, selected from a shortlist of international freedom of expression cases supported by English PEN.
The chair of judges and chair of trustees for English PEN, Maureen Freely, said of Adichie as they announced that she’s this year’s PEN Pinter award winner.
Maureen Freely said, “In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule. In her gorgeous fictions, but just as much in her TED talks and essays, she refuses to be deterred or detained by the categories of others. Sophisticated beyond measure in her understanding of gender, race, and global inequality, she guides us through the revolving doors of identity politics, liberating us all.”
The Nigerian writer responded to Maureen Freely by revealing that she feels honored to be awarded with such a prestigious award.
Chimamanda Adichie said, “She felt ‘honoured’ to be given an award in Pinter’s name, adding that she admired his ‘talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth.”
Congratulations Chimamanda Adichie!