Grace Ifeoma Adichie, mother to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian novelist-cum-feminist, has passed on.

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Sources close to the family confirmed the tragic news to TheCable Lifestyle on Tuesday morning.

According to the sources, the 78-year-old breathed her last on Monday in Awka, Anambra state.

The circumstances surrounding her death were, however, not immediately disclosed.

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While burial arrangements are being made, Ifeoma’s demise comes more than eight months after the author had lost James Adichie, her father, who died after a brief illness.

The ace novelist had last year narrated how her father’s death left her unsettled.

“Because I loved my father so much, so fiercely, so tenderly, I always at the back of my mind feared this day. But he was in good health. I thought we had time,” she had written.

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“I thought it wasn’t yet time. I have come undone. I have screamed, shouted, rolled on the floor, pounding things. I have shut down parts of myself.

“We are broken, bereft, holding on to one another, planning a burial in these COVID-scarred times. I’m stuck in the US, waiting. The Nigerian airports are closed. Everything is confusing, bewildering.

“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 deceased couple are survived by six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda and Kenechukwu; as well as nine grandchildren.

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