Nigerian-British Novelist Bernardine Evaristo flew Nigerian flag high in the prestigious Booker Award Ceremony has she emerged a co-winner with
Margaret Atwood, making her the first female Nigerian Writer and second Nigerian to achieve this feat.
Ben Okri was the first Nigerian to win this globally celebrated Literacy Award for his book’ The Famished Road’ in 1991.
The joint win is a break from the standard of the prize-giving organisation, who has been known to award the prize to only one person per year.
The winners of this year’s Booker Prize were announced on Monday in London.
Evaristo won for “Girl, Woman, Other.”
The Booker Prize has been shared only twice before, but that was before the early 1990s when the rules were changed to explicitly forbid sharing the prize, reports Washington Post.
Chair of this year’s judges, Peter Florence announced to a surprised audience, “We found that there were two novels that we desperately wanted to win this year’s prize.”