Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has made Nigeria proud again. This time she has been named the winner of Le Grand Prix De L’héroïne Madame Figaro. Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” was the work that gave her victory.
The prize was established in 2006 by the French magazine Madame Figaro to celebrate heroines of French and foreign literature. Each year the shortlisted works are selected by the magazine’s editor.
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.
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.