Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has penned a heartbreaking tribute to her father, Professor James Nwoye Adiche, 88, who died on June 10, 2020.
On her post on social media, the award-winning author wrote that his death was unexpected, he was healthy and she thought they had time. She revealed she spoke to her dad on June 9, a day before his death.
“June 9, we spoke briefly, my brother Okey with him. “Ka chi fo,” he said. His last words to me,” she wrote.
Adichie also spoke about how painful his death is. She was very close to him, they last saw in March and she had made plans of returning home in May but the pandemic affected her plans.
She spoke about grief and how she’s having a hard time taking her father’s death in.
”Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You learn that your side muscles will ache painfully from days of crying. You learn how glib condolences can feel.”
CNA also disclosed that planning a burial has been difficult. She’s stuck in the US, airports in Nigeria are closed and “everything is confusing, uncertain, bewildering.”
Professor Adichie, Odelu Ora Abba, was Nigeria’s first professor of Statistics. He studied Mathematics at Ibadan and got his PhD in Statistics from Berkeley.
She also shared a video -a collage of photos with her dad at different point of her life.
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