Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is honoured with the Mary McCarthy Prize

A well deserved nod to African literature

Words by Ehimenim Agweh

Dressed in a striped green Zohi Taglit jumpsuit and her curls in full bloom, celebrated Nigerian author and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie took to the podium of Bard College, New York to accept the Mary McCarthy Prize for her work as a novelist and a public personality.

Attending as a special guest, Miss Adichie’s honour comes at a time when women, African literature and women in literature are being celebrated. The award in short fiction which comes with a cash prize, publication of a collection of ‘short stories, novellas, or a short novel,’ and a standard royalty contract is in honour of late Mary McCarthy, a former faculty member of Bard College and a celebrated author.

The Mary McCarthy Prize is one of the latest in a line of honours for the writer since 2003 when she first won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. She was recently conferred honorary degrees from two institution, Williams College where she gave the commencement speech this year and Haverford College.

Congratulations Ms Adichie.

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