Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has just been honoured with the Kassel Citizens Prism of Reason award for “her vision of humanistic diversity” in Germany. Coincidentally, the award came the same day she celebrated her 42nd birthday,
The “Prism of Reason” award which was founded in 1990 by citizens of the city of Kassel has so far been awarded 28 times. This year makes it the 29th in the series.
Chimamanda shared photos from the event with the caption, “So grateful to have received the ‘Prism of Reason’ award from the citizens of Kassel, Germany, on my birthday, September 15. Grateful to have turned 42. Grateful for family, friends and fans. Dalu nu rinne”.
In a statement issued by the organizers of the event, it was stated that, “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’. This makes her the first Nigerian to receive this remarkable prize.
The award… is also in recognition of Adichie’s undeniable literary prowess, also for her equality and justice advocacy.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the first Nigerian to receive this prize.
Kassel Board president Bernd Leifeld also referred to Chimamanda as “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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie… points out ways to overcome outdated patterns which are deeply anchored in education and society.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.
Congratulations Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.