- Celebrated Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, clocks 42 on Sunday, September 15
- The prolific writer on his birthday was given the Kassel Citizens’ Prism of Reason award in German
- Chimamanda is the 29th person and first Nigerian to have won the award
On Sunday, September 15, Nigerian-born prolific author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie turns 42. On that same day, in faraway Germany, she was honoured with an award.
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 is in recognition of Adichie’s undeniable literary prowess and her equality and justice advocacy.
In a statement issued by the organisers 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president, Bernd Leifeld, said: “Combative but not fanatical, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie…points out ways to overcome outdated patterns which are deeply anchored in education and society.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 documenta artist Karl Oskar Blase with a prism (symbolising the analytical glass of the Enlightenment).
She 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.
Other winners include Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei; Indian scientist and documenta 13 participant, Vandana Shiva; Somali-born Dutch-American activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali; Israeli diplomat, peace activist and publicist Avi Primor; and Peruvian farmer Saúl Luciano Lliuya.
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