Celebrated novelist Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie has replied Catholic priest who verbally attacked her during her mother’s funeral mass.
The Priest had used the occasion of her mother’s burial to call her out for some comments she made about the catholic church in Nigeria in her previous interview.
He mentioned her refusal to attend Catholic church in Nigeria and berated her for criticizing the church publicly.
Adichie had angrily left the church during the priest’s bashing. However, the “Americanah” in the now-viral video said she only returned to clear the air as regards the priest’s criticisms.
Speaking in the church, Adichie said the catholic priest had other opportunities to express his displeasure over her interviews on the Nigerian catholic church personally. Rather than do so, he waited to attack her during her mother’s burial.
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She said that the Priest failed to mention all the good things she said about the Catholic Church in Nigeria during her interviews.
Adichie however maintained her stance on the money-grabbing attitude of the Nigerian Catholic church, citing examples of the church locking parishioners out because of ongoing fundraisers.
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In a further article titled “‘Dreaming as a single-family”, she further expressed her displeasure on the acts of the catholic church, all of which caused her to lose her faith.
“Years later, something changed. My pious passion withered. I remember my first moment of recoil from the church. When a gentle and devout couple was banned from communion because their daughter had married an Anglican.
“It felt to me not only uncharitable but unnecessarily so, as did other subsequent incidents. Such as poor people who were refused burials because they owed money to the church.”
Adichie’s mother died in March, months after her father James Adichie died. She is survived by her six children; Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda, and Kenechukwu. She also left behind nine grandchildren,
in-laws, and several relatives.
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