Chimamanda Adichie has bagged the best of the best awards with the monetary equivalent of 30,000 pounds.
Multi-award winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie has added another feather to her cap by winning the best of the best award. Adichie won the sum of 30,000 pounds prize gift for the Best of the Best award.
This is not the first time Chimamanda Adichie has won this award. In 2007 she won it for her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun set during the Biafran war of the 1960s.
Other winners of the Baileys Prize from the last decade include Zadie Smith for On Beauty, Rose Tremain for The Road Home and Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
The winner of Best of the Best of the prize’s first decade in 2005 was Andrea Levy’s Small Island, which won the main title in 2004.
BBC news tweeted the announcement on the award on Monday, November 2. Adichie’s novel was chosen by the chairs of the judging panels from the last 10 years.
Responding to her winning the award, Chimamanda Adichie said:
I am grateful and happy. This is a prize I have a lot of respect and admiration for.
Fiction brought wonderful literature to a wide readership that might not have found many of the books.
I have a lot of respect for the books that have won in the past 10 years and also for the books that have been shortlisted – I feel I am in very good company.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was established in 1996 and was first known as the Orange Prize for Fiction. It is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a woman, with Baileys taking over sponsorship in 2014.
Half of a Yellow Sun, has been adapted into movie with the same title and was directed by Biyi Bandele. The film stars BAFTA winner and Academy award winner Chiwetel Ejiofor and BAFTA winner Thandie Nweton. The film was released in 2014.