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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins 25th Anniversary Women's Prize Award

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Biafra Novel Snags 'Winner of Winners' Award

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the Women's Prize 'Winner of Winners' award for 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. The prize has been awarded to her by public vote in celebration of the literary award's 25-year anniversary.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has recently won the Women's Prize for her Biafra-centred novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. The award was voted for by the public who deemed Adichie the "Winner of Winners", a once-off award in celebration of the Women's prizes 25th anniversary after having been founded in 1995 by Kate Mosse. She beat out previous winners Zadie Smith, Lionel Shriver, and Rose Tremain. The Women's Prize, formerly known as the Orange Prize, brought Half of a Yellow Sun into prominence back in 2007.


The Women's Prize announced the news on social media.

The Women's Prize "Winner of Winners" was judged by members of the public who voted for their favourite author out of 25 previous winners. Adichie is reportedly moved by the win, remarking that it was the Women's Prize that propelled her name as a novelist in 2007. Adichie was 29 when she won The Women's Prize for Half of a Yellow Sun, her second novel after Purple Hibiscus.

Half of a Yellow Sun is a fictional take on the Biafra war which took place in Nigeria. Adichie weaves characters' internal conflicts with the socio-political breakdown in Nigeria in the 1960s. The novel took the world by storm and has become a literary cult favourite. Adichie's win proves that Half of a Yellow Sun has not waned in popularity and that it is a timeless classic.

"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," Mosse commented to The Guardian.

According to the BBC, more than 8500 people reportedly participated in the vote. Half of a Yellow Sun was published in 2006 and adapted into a film in 2013 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton. Mosse said that Half of a Yellow Sun is a future literary classic and that literary awards should celebrate more women.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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