Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian novelist has emerged as the winner of the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize.

The award which was named after Nobel Laureate, Harold Pinter is given to writers of outstanding literary merit from Britain, Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth.

She will be presented with the award in October, where she will announce her co-winner for the International Writer of Courage award.

She will be required to pick from a shortlist of international cases supported by English PEN. The recipient will be an international writer who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty.

Commenting on the award, the judges said: “In this age of privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defines the rule.”

Speaking on being the recipient of the special award, Chimamanda said:

“I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name.”

The award is given by English PEN and is supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Ruth Maxted, and the Thompson Family Charitable Trust.

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