Renowned Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has lost her dad, Professor James Nwoye Adichie. He was aged 88.
According to The Nation, a family source revealed on Thursday in Awka, Anambra State that the erudite academic died on Wednesday night.
His son, Okey Adichie also confirmed the sad news to Daily Trust. “Our father, Professor J. N. Adichie, Odelora Abba, died late yesterday night, June 10, 2020, at Chira Memorial Hospital, Awkuzu,” he said.
He was admitted at the Chira Memorial Hospital in Awkuzu, Oyi local government area of the State following a brief illness.
The Emeritus Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) hailed from Abba, Njikoka local government area of Anambra State.
The first Nigerian Professor of Statistics celebrated his 88th birthday on March 1.
Adichie was a member of International Statistical Institute (ISI) since 1978 and member, Governing Council of (ISI) 1985-1987.
The member of Education Committee (ISI) 1987 became a Professor of Statistics in 1976.
He had been living in Nsukka since he retired
In a ‘Happy New Year’ message, Chimamanda shared in January, 2020, she shared a video of her beautifully, traditionally dressed father and mother as she joyfully praised them as a grateful daughter of Igboland would whenever she returns home from far away.
Sharing the video, Ms Adichie captioned it:
‘Hailing’ my beloved 87-year-old father and 77-year-old mother.
May we always be grateful for those we love and those who love us. May we always ‘hail’ them.
Happy New Year.”