Reknowed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has penned a heartwrenching tribute following the loss of her mother Grace Ifeoma Adichie and we feel her pain with every sentence.
Captioning the post on instagram “How does a hear break twice?”, Adichie eulogised her mother writing that she was “warm, loving, funny, kind, and quick-witted, beautiful mother. Unconditional supporter and cheerleader of her children, fun and funny, source of delicious sarcasm, style icon, so sharply observant she never missed a thing.”
Chimamanda who also lost her father James Adichie in 2020 recounted her mother’s final moments. According to the award-winning author, her mother was barely sick. But her health suddenly took a sharp nose dive and she passed on March 1st which was also her father’s birthday.
“On Saturday her driver drove her to Mass. Sunday evening she was unwell. She was taken to a private hospital in Awka. We were worried, but a few hours later, she was better, sitting up, eating rice. On the phone I told her. “We love you, Mummy, try and rest.”
“The next morning, the doctor sent an update to say she was doing even better. But moments later, he took the sudden bewildering decision to transfer her to the Teaching Hospital, she was hastily moved. He claimed the Teaching Hospital had better facilities. “Do my children know I’m being transferred?” she said to have asked. Two hours after, she arrived at the Teaching Hospital, she died. It was March 1st, my father’s birthday.
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Grace Ifeoma Adiche’s demise comes less than eight months after the author lost James Adichie her father who died after a brief illness. The ace novelist had last year narrated how her father’s death left her unsettled.
“Because I loved my father so much, so fiercely, so tenderly, I always at the back of my mind feared this day. But he was in good health. I thought we had time.
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.
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.” She captioned her tribute on Instagram.
Our heartfelt condolences to Chimamanda Adichie on this double loss.
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