Sunday, July 5, 2020

Popular Author Chimamanda Adichie mourns father, says she's stranded in US

Popular author, Chimamanda Adichie has mourned her father who died after a brief illness on June 10.

Taking to Facebook on Saturday, she lamented that she can’t come into the country following the closures of the nation’s airports.

In her tributes, Adichie noted with pains that her heart is broken; stressing that she can’t belive writing about her beloved father in the past tense.

According to the novelist, the loss of her dad has profoundly changed her life, adding that “grief is a cruel kind of education”.

Chimamanda described her beloved father, James Adichie, as “Nigeria’s first professor of Statistics” who “studied Mathematics at Ibadan and got his PhD in Statistics from Berkeley, returning to Nigeria shortly before the Biafran War.”

Continuing she said: “I am writing about my father in the past tense, and I cannot believe that I am writing about my father in the past tense. My heart is broken.

“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.

“Sleep is the only respite. On waking, the enormity, the finality, strikes – I will never see my father again. Never again. I crash and go under the urge to run and run, to hide from this.

“The shallow surface of my mind feels safest because to go deeper is to face unbearable pain. All the tomorrows without him, his wisdom, his grace."

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