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Nigerian author wins top US literature award

AWARDED: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (PA)

AFRICAN WRITER Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the US National Critics Book Prize for her novel Americanah.

The Nigerian author, who moved to America at the age of 19 to study, tells a seemingly semi-autobiographical story in the award-winning novel which is about a Nigerian woman moving to the States for a college education.

Her second novel Half Of A Yellow Sun has been adapted for the big screen with Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor starring in lead roles.

Adichie’s third novel came out last year to critical acclaim and was listed as one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the New York Times.

Speaking about Americanah, the author told the Los Angeles Times: “I don't know race in the way an African American knows race… Sometimes it takes an outsider to see something about your own reality that you don't”.

The National Critics Book Prize has been going since 1974 and writers of every nationality are eligible for the award so long as their work is published in America.

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