The family of popular Nigerian award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie has been thrown into a state of mourning following the death of father and husband, James Nwoye Adichie.
It is understood that Nwoye Adichie passed away on Wednesday June 10, 2020 after a brief illness at a hospital in his hometown of Anambra State at the age of 88.
He was Nigeria’s first Emeritus Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
The family has now confirmed the news,
releasing a statement about the loss.
Read the statement below:
A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. With deepest sorrow, the Adichie family announce the death of our beloved husband and father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, on Wednesday June 10, 2020.
He was 88 years old.
He recieved his PhD in statistics from Berkeley and went on to become Nigeria’s first professor of statistics. His dedicated life’s work was at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he was named professor emeritus in 2016.
Upon his retirement, he lived in his
hometown, Abba, Njikoka Local Government Area, Anambra State. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Grace Ifeoma Adichie; their six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda and Kenechukwu; as well as nine grandchildren, in-laws and many relatives.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
Signed: Chuks Adichie For the family
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