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Nigerian Writer, Chimanda Adichie, Named Woman Of The Decade

Celebrated Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been named ‘Woman of the Decade’ Editor’s Choice by ThisDay Newspaper.

She was given the recognition by ThisDay Newspapers in celebration of their silver jubilee which recently held at the Eko Hotels Convention Centre, VI, Lagos.

Unable to attend the event, Chimamanda, was however presented her award at a reception held in her honor by Nigerian writer, John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo (J.P Clark), on Monday.

Explaining the selection process, ThisDay noted in a statement, “The board noted that whereas the editor’s choices were based on the strength of industry knowledge and professional advice, the readers’ votes were mostly based on their perception”.

Alongside Ms Adichie, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed, was also named “Woman of the Decade” based on the people’s choice.

Prior to this award, Ms Adichie emerged the first recipient of the Belle van Zuylen Ring, an honorary prize awarded by the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU), Netherlands.

She was awarded the prize for “her contribution to humanity through her literary works and her public engagements which have played huge roles in effecting change and a better understanding of issues such as identity and feminism.”

As part of the activities for the festival, Ms Adichie delivered a thought-provoking speech and had a conversation with renowned Dutch cultural historian and author, Nancy Jouwe.

She also engaged with writers and literary minds from all around the world and signed autographs for teeming fans at the event.

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