It comes as no surprise that Nigeria’s very own renowned writer and author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, becomes the first Nigerian to receive the Mary McCarthy prize at the Bard College.
The Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction includes a cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, standard royalty contract and a short novel or novella.
The writer who recently was conferred with an honorary degree by Haverford College, an institution in Pennsylvania, United States, is also a recipient of MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and has over 15 awards to her name.
Her first novel, purple Hibisicus, published in 2003, won her the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and have been translated over 30 languages. In 2006, with another fiction Half of a Yellow Sun on her trail, Adichie bagged the Bailey’s Women Prize, world’s enviable prize for female writers.
Her novel Americanah, published in 2013, not only received the National Book Critics Circle Award, but was also on New York’s Top Ten Best Books of The Year.
Her most recent book, a Feminist Manisfesto in Fifteen Suggestions or Dear Ijeawele, published in March 2017 has also been enlisted for the League of African Writers prize.
Promoting the “project wear Nigeria,” the feminist wore a Zoho Taglit leather jumpsuit with wide-legged bottom to receive the award,as a way of showcasing the Nigerian culture.
The author is happily married to Dr. Ivara Esege, MD, University of Baltimore, Maryland.
Congrats! You deserve it!