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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of “Half of a Yellow Sun”

Baileys prize crowns Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as its 'best of the best' of the last decade

Pitted against nine other titles – from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the Biafran war, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been named the best winner of the women’s prize for fiction of the last decade – by both the public and a 10-strong judging panel.

Wole Soyinka: Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored.

Wole Soyinka dismisses claims he is too grand and old for Oxford poetry chair

Candidates for one of the most prestigious posts in poetry are embroiled in a war of words as Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka hit back at claims by broadcaster Melvyn Bragg that he was too old and “grand” for the role at Oxford University.