Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction “Winner of Winners” award for her novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.
The Nigerian-born author, who won the prize in 2007, was chosen in a public vote from a list of all 25 winners.
Other past winners include Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain and Maggie O’Farrell.
The one-off award marks the anniversary of the prize, formerly known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey’s Prize.
Half of a Yellow Sun is set in Nigeria during the Biafran War, exploring the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class, race and female empowerment. Published in 2006, it has received global acclaim.
It was made into a film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in 2013.
Adichie said: “I’m especially moved to be voted Winner of Winners because this is the prize that first brought a wide readership to my work – and has also introduced me to the work of many talented writers.”
She has received a silver edition of the prize’s annual statuette, known as the Bessie.
Author and playwright Kate Mosse, who founded the Women’s prize in 1995 after the judges of the 1991 Booker failed to include a single woman author on their shortlist, said she was “thrilled” at Adichie had won an award that was intended to show that “great books live beyond their time”.
“One of the things that’s so fantastic about Chimamanda being the winner of winners is that a lot of younger readers are now coming to that novel, who probably didn’t read it when it came out. It’s felt like a really celebratory thing to be doing over this very strange year,” said Mosse.
More than 8,500 people voted, and were invited to share their thoughts with the prize’s digital book club, accessing newly created online reading guides and author interviews.