The Prism of Reason award, founded in 1990, was designed to honour individuals or institutions “whose work serves the ideals of the Enlightenment by overcoming ideological barriers and promoting reason and tolerance towards dissenters.”
So far, it has been awarded 28 times and this year, the 29th winner is exceptional Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The fiction writer was honoured with the Kassel Citizens’ Prism of Reason award for her “vision of humanistic diversity,” on her birthday, September 15th.
Speaking on the prize, the 42-year-old said, “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.”
An official statement made by 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president, Bernd Leifeld said, “Combative but not fanatical, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie […] points out ways to overcome outdated patterns which are deeply anchored in education and society.”
According to the organisers of the annual event, “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 ceremony, which takes place at the State Theater of Kassel in Germany, is also in recognition of Adichie’s undeniable literary prowess, also for her equality and justice advocacy.”