Nigeria’s Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Loses Mum

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, mourns yet again as her mother, Mrs Grace Ifeoma Adichie, passes on.

Chimamanda’s mother died at 78 years old in Awka, Anambra state, on Monday, March 1, 2021. The day of her demise was the birthday of her late husband, Prof James Adichie.

Picture of Novelist Chimamanda and parents

The death news was made public by their family spokesperson who tagged her death as ‘sudden’, “It was very sudden and we are devastated”.

Mrs Grace Adichie is survived by six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda and Kenechukwu; nine grandchildren, in-laws and many relatives.

The father of Chimamanda (Prof. James Adichie), died last year June, shortly after he celebrated his 88th birthday on March 1, 2020.

Adichie has built on the essay to explore the nature of collective grief during the pandemic, of “being one of the millions of people grieving, about the familial and cultural dimensions of grief, and also about the loneliness and anger that accompany it”. The book will also tell her father’s life story, from his survival of the Biafran war to his career as a statistics professor, painting a portrait of “a remarkable man of kindness and charm”.



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