On last Monday at the Piccadilly Theatre London, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” was named “Best of the Bests” of winners of the second decades of the Baileys Women’s Price for Fiction. Out of the 10 novels that had won the prize in the past decade, “Half of a Yellow Sun” was named the “best”.
“Half of a Yellow Sun” is a 433 page novel that tells the story of Nigeria/Biafran civil war, 1967-1970, its impacts, and how it affected the Igbos.
It portrayed how the devastating horror of the war engulfed Igbo families, loyalty tested, families and friends pulled apart, and thrown together in a manner they never imagined. It is a wonderful novel.
Muriel Gray, the Chairman of the judges said: “Half of a Yellow Sun, not just a worthy winner of this most special of prizes, but a benchmark for excellence in fiction writing.” In a vote hosted on the BBC website of the prize, “Half of a Yellow Sun” was also the public choice.
Chimamanda Adichie was born in 1977. She is from Abba, Njikoka local government, Anambra State, Nigeria. She grew up in Nsuka, Enugu State where she had her primary, secondary and university education.
Her novel is remarkable, classic, and in her compassionate intelligence, as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to twentieth century classics as Chinua Achebe’s “Things fall apart”.
The release of its film version in Nigeria is still in contest with the Nigerian authorities who have never given approval to it.