The mother of the foremost author, Chimamanda Adichie has died several months after she lost her husband.
According to The Guardian, Mrs Grace Ifeoma Adichie died suddenly on Monday, March 1, 2021, in Awka, Anambra State.
It was very sudden and we are devastated,” a family spokesperson said.
She is survived by her six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda and Kenechukwu; as well as nine grandchildren, in-laws and many relatives.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by her family later.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie lost her father, Professor James Nwoye Adiche on June 10, 2020, at the age of 88.
In a tribute to him posted on Facebook, the renowned author detailed the events leading up to his death. She also spoke about some of the plans they made for the future.
She spoke of her pain; how she cried for days till her side muscles ached, how she screamed and also pounded things, and how much she misses him.
She also accompanied her words with a video showing her and her father together at different points in their lives.
Professor Adichie, Odelu Ora Abba, was Nigeria’s first professor of Statistics. He studied Mathematics at Ibadan and also got his PhD in Statistics from Berkeley.
Mourning him, the Half of a Yellow Sun author wrote:
“And just like that my life has changed forever.
June 7, there was Daddy on our weekly family zoom call, talking and laughing.
June 8, he felt unwell.
Still, when we spoke he was more concerned about my concussion (I’d fallen while playing with my daughter).
June 9, we spoke briefly, my brother Okey with him. “Ka chi fo,” he said.
His last words to me. June 10, he was gone.”