Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the twelfth Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction with her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun. At the awards ceremony on June 6, the Chair of Judges, Muriel Gray said: "The judges and I were hugely impressed by the power, ambition and skill of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel. It's astonishing, not just in the skilful subject matter, but in the brilliance of its accessibility."
The novel is set in the 1960s Biafran civil war, during which both Adichie's grandfathers died. The 29-year-old becomes the youngest winner, and the first from Africa.