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Chimamanda Adichie Nigerian author speaks on father’s kidnapping

Chimamanda Adichie recounts her father's kidnap in 2015.

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Last year on Saturday May, 2015, renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie’s father Professor James Nwoye Adichie was kidnapped on his way to Nsukka to Aba in Anambra. He was freed three days later.

In a recent interview with BBC News Hours, Chimamanda Adichie, 37, spoke on how she dealt with the experience.

Chimamanda Adichie and her parents play

Chimamanda Adichie and her parents

(Star Gist )


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.


In December, the Swedish government announced that it will distribute 'We Should All Be Feminists' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to every 16-year-old in the country. See Pulse TV video for past gist on the author.

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