Celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, keeps making waves in the global literary scene with her superb storytelling and provocative narratives. At the 2023 Indie Book Awards, Adichie’s most recent book, “Notes on Grief,” was rewarded with the prestigious Best Title of the Summer category.

On June 23, the penultimate day of Independent Bookshop Week (IBW), Adichie was announced as the winner of the Non-Fiction category for her reflection on the death of her father, Notes on Grief (Fourth Estate).

Speaking on the selection of Adichie’s book, Mel Griffin, Chairman of the judging panel, said: “It was a privilege to chair the 2023 Indie Book Awards, and the whole panel agreed that the shortlists were particularly strong this year, making the decision-making process challenging. However, in the end, we unanimously selected Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the non-fiction winner.”

“This utterly beautiful essay says so much in very few pages, and we found it extraordinarily powerful. Although it focuses on one individual’s experience of grief, we felt that it would speak to many people, transcending culture and circumstances, with one judge describing the reading experience as ’cathartic’, Griffin added.

Accepting the award on her social media page, Chimamanda Adichie said, “I have always felt like there is nothing more life-affirming and meaningful than going into an independent bookshop because you know that the people there actually love books. So, I think independent bookshops are the best things ever,” she said.

“I am so grateful, I am so moved, and I am so pleased to have Notes On Grief honoured with the Indie. And it is mostly because I love Independent bookshops and also because this book is so meaningful to me. I hope that it brings some kind of comfort to other people who have experienced grief. Thank you”.

This accolade acknowledges not only the exceptional storytelling prowess of Adichie but also the evocative power of the book’s title. “Notes on Grief” invites readers to embark on an emotional journey, contemplating the various dimensions and stages of loss and grief. This award reaffirms Adichie’s status as the world’s literary icon, further highlighting the profound impact her writing has on readers around the world.

Adichie’s literary accomplishments have won her widespread praise and solidified her place among the most significant voices in history. Her earlier books, such as “Purple Hibiscus,” “Half of a Yellow Sun,” and “Americanah,” have won numerous awards and captured the attention of readers all around the world. With “Notes on Grief,” Adichie skillfully combines societal commentary with superb storytelling to make an impression that will not soon fade.

For her novel Demon Copperhead, which is based on the events of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, Barbara Kingsolver took home the prize in the Fiction category. Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, written by fantasy novelist Steadman, took first place in the Children’s Fiction category.

The largest international awards ceremony for independent writers and publishers is called the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The award, now in its seventeenth year, was created to recognise and honour the best independently published books in more than 80 categories for the year. It is presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in collaboration with Marilyn Allen of the Allen Literary Agency (previously the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency).