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Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has added another achievement in her career as her novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' has been voted the best book of the Women's Prize for Fiction. The author in a statement thanked the prize for the award, saying "I'm especially moved to be voted Winner of Winners because this is the prize that first brought a wide readership to my work - and has also introduced me to the work of many talented writers." "Our aim has always been to promote and celebrate the classics of tomorrow today and to build a library of exceptional, diverse, outstanding international fiction written by women," she said.

"The Reading Women campaign has been the perfect way to introduce a new generation of readers to the brilliance of all of our 25 winners and to honour the phenomenal quality and range of women's writing from all over the world."

This is the second time Adichie will be winning the award following her win in 2007 among 24 other contenders.

'Half of a Yellow Sun' first published in 2006 is positioned during the Biafra war in Nigeria, indicating the end of colonialism, class, race, ethnic allegiances. It garnered recognition and was adapted into a film, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in 2013.

Past winners of the Women's Prize for Fiction include Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain and Maggie O'Farrell.