Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, a prize in honour of late Nobel laureate Harold Pinter.
She will receive this award at a ceremony at the British Library in October, where she will deliver an address.
The prize is awarded to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, who casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world, and shows a “fierce intellectual determination to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.”
“In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule,” they said.
The judges have praised Adichie for her “refusal to be deterred or detained by the categories of others”, describing her as “sophisticated beyond measure in her understanding of gender, race and global inequality”.
The prize was established in 2009 by the charity English PEN, which defends freedom of expression and promotes literature, in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter.