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Awards & Nominations

Awards & Distinctions
  • BBC Short Story Competition 2002 joint winner, for 'That Harmattan Morning'
  • O. Henry Prize 2003, for 'The American Embassy'
  • David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award), for 'Half of a Yellow Sun'
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2004 (Best Debut Fiction Category), for Purple Hibiscus
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2005: Best First Book (Africa), for Purple Hibiscus
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2005: Best First Book (overall), for Purple Hibiscus
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 2007 (fiction category), for Half of a Yellow Sun (joint winner with Martha Collins, for Blue Front)
  • PEN 'Beyond Margins' Award 2007, for Half of a Yellow Sun (joint winner with Ernest Hardy for his essay collection Blood Beats, Vol. 1, Harryette Mullen for her poetry anthology, Recyclopedia, and Alberto Ros for his poetry collection, Theater of Night)
  • Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, for Half of a Yellow Sun
  • 2008 Future... Award (Young Person of the Year category)
  • 2008 MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant (along with 24 other winners)
  • 2009 International Nonino Prize
  • Listed among The New Yorker's '20 Under 40', 2010
  • 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize (fiction category), for Americanah
  • Listed among the 'Ten Best Books of 2013', New York Times Book Review, for Americanah
  • Listed among the 'Top Ten Books of 2013', BBC, for Americanah
  • Listed among the '100 Most Influential Africans 2013', New African
  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 2013 (fiction category), for Americanah

Nominations
  • Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing 2002, for 'You in America'
  • Runner-up in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition 2002, for 'The Tree in Grandma's Garden'
  • Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2004, for Purple Hibiscus
  • Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2004, for Purple Hibiscus
  • Nominated for the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Best Books for Young Adults Award (2004), for Purple Hibiscus
  • Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2004/2005, for Purple Hibiscus
  • Nominated for the 33rd Annual National Book Critics Circle Prize (2006), for Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2007: Best Book (Africa), for Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Nominated for the British Book Awards 2007, category 'Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year', for Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Nominated for the James Tait Black Memorial prize 2007, for Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Longlisted for the International Impac Dublin Award 2008, for Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Nominated for the Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2008
  • Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2009, for The Thing around Your Neck
  • Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2009, for The Thing around Your Neck
  • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2010: Best Book (Africa), for The Thing around Your Neck
  • Nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2010, for The Thing around Your Neck (runner-up)
  • Nominated for the 2011 ThisDay Awards, 'New Champions for an Enduring Culture' category
  • Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Book Prize for Fiction, 2014, for Americanah. Shortlist announced on 7 April 2014.
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