The family of Prof James Nwoye Adichie, father of renowned literature icon, Chimamanda Adichie, has announced death of their father, the late erudite professor.
Mr. Chuks Adichie issued an official statement on Friday on behalf of the family.
The statement reads:
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 received 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.