Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose voice was sampled in Beyoncé's hit "Flawless," has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel Americanah, BBC News reports. Americanah tells the story of a Nigerian woman who moves to the U.S. to pursue a college education.
"I don't know race in the way an African American knows race," Adichie said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "Sometimes it takes an outsider to see something about your own reality that you don't."
Her second novel, 2006's critically acclaimed Half of a Yellow Sun…
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