SAD TRAGIC LOSS! Nigerian Feminist Author, Chimamanda Adichie Loses Mom Just Few Months After Dad’s Death

In what comes as quite tragic news, widely acclaimed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie has lost her mother, Mrs Grace Ifeoma Adichie to the cold hands of death. 

Mrs Adichie reportedly died suddenly on Monday, March 1, 2021, in Awka, Anambra State. She was 78-years-old. 

Her passing comes just over eight months after the death of her husband Prof. James Nwoye Adichie last year.  

“It was very sudden and we are devastated,” a family spokesperson said.

The late matriarch 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 are set to be announced later by her family. 

As earlier stated, Chimamanda and her family had also suffered a tragedy last year following the passing of her father, James Adichie. 

Mr Adichie was Nigeria’s very first professor of Statistics. He was 88-years-old. The Adichie family confirmed news of his death in a statement released by one of the deceased’s children. 

See the statement:

“A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. With deepest sorrow, the Adichie family announce the death of our beloved husband and father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

“He was 88 years old.

“He recieved his PhD in statistics from Berkeley and went on to become Nigeria’s first professor of statistics. His dedicated life’s work was at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he was named professor emeritus in 2016. Upon his retirement, he lived in his hometown, Abba, Njikoka Local Government Area, Anambra State.

“He is survived by his wife Mrs. Grace Ifeoma Adichie; their six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda and Kenechukwu; as well as nine grandchildren, in-laws and many relatives.

“Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

“Signed:

Chuks Adichie

For the family”

Chimamanda was in the news early this year after she opened up on why she stopped going to Catholic churches in Nigeria. 

According to Adichie who is an agnostic i.e. one who doubts the existence of God, she stopped attending Catholic churches in Nigeria because it became less about preaching the gospel and  “way too much” about money, fundraising, and thanksgiving.

Adichie made this known in a recent interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. 

The 43-year-old writer, while noting that she still considers herself a Catholic nominally, said she only attends masses outside the country whenever she finds a “progressive” Catholic community that upholds humanity.

“I grew up Catholic. Catholicism was very important to me. It‘s almost like a culture, not just a religion. So even if you leave the Catholic Church, it’s in you. Today, I don’t like to talk about religion because I don’t know,” she said.

“I think of myself as agnostic and questioning. Catholicism holds you tight. There are many other protestant denominations that are not so. It’s all-inclusive. ‘You cannot eat before mass. You have to go to confession.’

“There are so many rules. It teaches you guilt in a way that I don’t think so many protestant denominations do. I’m Catholic, nominally. I still feel protective of some things about the Catholic Church. But I don’t attend it in Nigeria.”

“Nigerian Catholicism is way too much about money, fundraising, and thanksgiving. Some in the east even look at who’s wearing gold. I think the focus of religion should be things Nigerian Catholicism doesn’t focus on,” she said.

“Culturally, I call myself a catholic. But if being religious means performing and going to confession, I’m not. I don’t go to church in Nigeria. Outside the country? Certainly not often. When I find a progressive Catholic Church, I go.

The author also opened up on how she gave herself the name Chimamanda. 

“I made up the name; I invented the name Chimamanda. I created Chimamanda; my parents did not name me Chimamanda,” the author told a stunned Ebuka Obi-Uchendu during the interview

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