Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian novelist, is mourning her parents, both of whom passed away within the space of one year.


In June 2020, the author grieved James Adichie, her father, who died at 87 of an illness for which he was admitted to a hospital.

Ifeoma Adichie, her mother, 78, would also pass away — more than eight months after James’ demise — leaving the family in mourning at a time when the author had yet to get over the initial loss.

But in a video shared on her Instagram page in January 2020, Chimamanda had hailed her parents, who were seen laughing in good health while dressed in traditional Igbo outfits.



“May we always be grateful for those we love and those who love us. May we always hail them,” she had captioned the video while showering them with praises in Igbo language.

The ace novelist had last year narrated how the thought of losing her dad left her sorrowful and devastated.

She had also set aside a forthcoming memoir ‘Note on Grief‘, which she had revealed would be published in May 2021, in tribute to the late academic.

“Because I loved my father so much, so fiercely, so tenderly, I always at the back of my mind feared this day,” the author had said.


“But he was in good health. I thought we had time. 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.”

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