Chimamanda Nightmares Continue Eight Months After Her Father’s Kidnap

By KayCee January 12, 2016 19:59

In a recent chat with BBC News Hour, Nigerian award winning author Chimamanda Adichie opened up on how she felt eight months ago when her father was kidnapped and freed three days after in 2015.

The Half of a Yellow Sun writer’s father was abducted in May 2015  on his way to Anambra state and this memory still lingers in the heart of 38-year-old novelist.

Professor James Nwoye Adichie was kidnapped on his way from Nsukka to Aba, Anambra state but regained freedom three months later.


Professor Nwoye was the first professor of statistics in Nigeria and was also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) before he retired.

Adichie told BBC:  “We are still reeling from it- We still have nightmares. I felt deeply hurt .I also felt very angry…I never imagined it would happen to us. And to an 80 year old father like my father who spent his whole life teaching for Nigeria- I felt Nigeria had failed us…The state government did not do as much as we had hoped. It’s just the larger problem of inefficiency… One person has now been caught and is in custody but in general we still don’t know” she said.

My father was very keen to protect me. He kept saying to them – I don’t have her number on my phone, I don’t remember it” she further said.




By KayCee January 12, 2016 19:59