Popular Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie turned 42 on Sunday, 15th September 2019.
On that same day, the author was honoured with an award in Germany. She was bestowed with the Kassel Citizens’ Prism of Reason award for her vision of humanistic diversity at the State Theatre of Kassel in Germany in recognition of her undeniable literary prowess and her equality and justice advocacy.
In a statement issued by the organizers of the award ceremony, the prize is awarded to “persons or institutions whose work serves the ideals of the enlightenment by overcoming ideological barriers and promoting reason and tolerance towards dissenters. The Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the Society of Friends and Sponsors of the Kassel Citizens’ Prize have selected Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the 2019 winner of the “Prism of Reason”.
The Kassel board president, Bernd Leifeld, said:
“Combative but not fanatical, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie…points out ways to overcome outdated patterns which are deeply anchored in education and society. “Kassel citizens honour her with their Prize ‘The Prism of Reason 2019’ because she believes in the social, political and economic equality of all people.”
The prize entails a certificate, a sculpture designed by the Kassel art professor and documentary artist Karl Oskar Blase with a prism (symbolizing the analytical glass of the Enlightenment).
Adichie will be the first Nigerian to receive the remarkable prize. The “Prism of Reason” award was first initiated in 1990 by citizens of the city of Kassel and the region. The award has been won 28 times with this years’ own making it the 29th in the series. It was first won in 1991 by former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher for his services to the opening of the Iron Curtain.
From all of us here at Naijazzy, we say a big congratulations to the writer.