Chimamanda Adichie Bags Major French Literary Award ,'Le Grand Prix De L’héroïne Madame Figaro'

Nigerian foremost writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has just won for the first time a major french literary award for her most recent work of art "Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions" ; a non- fiction which was published in March.

The award dubbed 'Le Grand Prix De L’héroïne Madame Figaro' was established in 2006 by the French magazine Madame Figaro to celebrate heroines of French and foreign literature and each year the shortlisted works are selected by the magazine's editor.

Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Photo: Amazon)
Adichie's French publisher, Marie-Pierre Gracedieu of Gallimard who expressed joy on the win said "When I read Dear Ijeawele, I felt an urge to share it with many friends, women and men, who had become parents of a girl in the recent years. Then I started to feel it had to be read by parents of boys too. And thereafter by everyone of us to investigate our own education, and try to overcome a few inherited clichés.

"Therefore to publish it at Gallimard has meant a lot to me, and it is a very rewarding experience to see it awarded the Grand Prix de l'Héroïne by Madame Figaro, a prize that celebrates the power of literature and of characters as role models.

"The fact that such an established and popular weekly has understood the importance of spreading the content of this letter-manifesto, even in the Western world, and especially in the political context we are now, brings me joy and hope."

Other winners of the award were Alex Stresi who was awarded the prize in the French novel category for 'Lopping' and Lauren Groff who received the foreign novel prize for 'Les Furies' amongst others.

So far, 2017 has been an eventful year for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie winning the One Book, One New York award in March, the One Maryland, One Book award in April and in June, she nabbed the Mary McCarthy award.

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