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Chimamanda Adichie Mourned Her Father

OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN

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

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

“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.”

She 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.

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