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Chimamanda Adichie Nigerian writer wins a major French literally award for her book, "Dear Ijeawele"

Adichie has been named one of three winners of Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” has been named one of three winners of Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro.

The French Literary Award which was established by the French magazine Madame Figaro in 2006 to celebrate heroines of French and foreign literature, each year shortlists works selected by the editor of the magazine.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie play Chimamanda Adichie (Vogue)

Alongside Adichie, other winners of this 12th edition of the prize were Alex Stresi, awarded the prize in the French novel category for ‘Lopping’ and Lauren Groff, awarded the foreign novel prize for ‘Les Furies.’

The judges, chaired by influential journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, selected one French novel, one foreign novel in translation, and one nonfiction work. “Chère Ijeawele, ou un manifeste pour une éducation féministe,” the French translation of ‘Dear Ijeawele,’ was selected as the winner in the latter category.

Adichie’s French publisher, Marie-Pierre Gracedieu of Gallimard, commented: “When I read Dear Ijeawele, I felt an urge to share it with many friends, women and men, who had become parents of a girl in the recent years. Then I started to feel it had to be read by parents of boys too. And thereafter by everyone of us to investigate our own education, and try to overcome a few inherited clichés."

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Adichie play Book cover of Chimamanda Adichie's Dear Ijeawele (Penguin shop)


“Therefore to publish it at Gallimard has meant a lot to me, and it is a very rewarding experience to see it awarded the Grand Prix de l’Héroïne by Madame Figaro, a prize that celebrates the power of literature and of characters as role models."

“The fact that such an established and popular weekly has understood the importance of spreading the content of this letter-manifesto, even in the Western world, and especially in the political context we are now, brings me joy and hope.”

Congratulations Adichie.

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