Chimamanda Adichie Becomes First Nigerian To Bag McCarthy Award
Veteran author Chimamanda Adichie has become the first Nigerian to be awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for her thought-provoking novels and charismatic public presence.
The Mary McCarthy prestigious award had before now only been won by notable foreign authors such as Margaret Atwood (the author of The Handmaid’s Tale), Zadie Smith, Mona Simpson, and Susan Sontag.
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The Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, standard royalty contract, and a short novel or novella.
She attended the Mary McCarthy Prize in Bard College as a special guest.
To the ceremony, Chimamanda Adichie wore the Nigerian Brand Zohi Taglit leather stripped jumpsuit with wide legged bottoms and flare sleeves to promote her ‘Wear Nigerian’ project.
Chimamanda’s first novel Purple Hibiscus published in 2003 won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and has been translated into over 30 languages.
Her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize which is the world’s top prize for female writers.
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Her novel Americanah (2013) received the National Book Critics Circle Award including many other recognitions like been in the list of the New York Times’ Top Ten Best Books of the Year.
Her most recent book, a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions or Dear Ijeawele, was published March 2017.
Chimamanda is also a recipient of MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and was recently conferred with an honorary degree from Haverford College and Williams College.
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The McCarthy award is named after famous novelist Mary McCarthy who taught at Bard College. It is given in acknowledgment of engagement in the public sphere by an intellectual, artist, or writer.