Nigeria Failed Us – Chimamanda Adichie Speaks On Father’s Kidnap


Nigerian award winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has expressed sadness and shock over her father’s kidnap.

It will be recalled that her father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, was kidnapped in May, 2015 on his way from Nsukka to Aba, Anambra state and was reportedly released three days later.

In a recent interview with BBC News Hours, Chimamanda said, “We are still reeling from it. We still have nightmares. I felt deeply hurt and shocked. 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 ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ author added that the state government did not do as much as they had hoped and expected.

“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 added.

“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,” the Nigerian novelist revealed.

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