Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Sad: Chimamanda Adichie in grief as she loses a family member amid Corona virus pandemic.

Nigeria's literary icon and multiple award winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is not in the best of moods at the moment, as she recount some traumatic moments of her life in recent days, especially amid the Corona Virus pandemic, sweeping across the world.
According to the revered Nigerian writer, just last week, her family suffered a devasting tragedy over the sudden death of her closest aunt, who died from brain aneurysm.

In her words: "One-day she was well and happy and the next day she was gone. Our time is filled with pain whose cause still does not feel fully true. We cry and yet we feel as though she not really gone.

"And it is more surreal to grieve a sudden death in these strange times when the world has shut down, places once full are empty, heavy with the ghosts of silent gatherings, and across the world people are dying alone. Corona virus is a menace inside our heads. Everyday I am reminded how fragile, how broken we are."

She equally revealed how worried she is over her husband's profession as a medical Doctor, who is equally in the front line of the battle against Corona Virus, and that each day goes to work, she is worried about him, especially as he has so far diagnosed two positive cases of the dreaded virus.

And worst even, as American have been notified to brace-up for even a worst scenario from their current situation. But she said though she is worried like every other human on earth, but she is very careful in selecting what media agency to fetch her news on Corona Virus. And some other issues she raised in her statement below...

Last week, my family suffered a devastating tragedy, the very sudden death of my closest aunt, from a brain aneurysm. One day she was well and happy and the next day she was gone. Our time is filled with pain whose cause still does not feel fully true. We cry and yet we feel as though she is not really gone.⁣⁣
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And it is more surreal to grieve a sudden death in these strange times when the world has shut down, places once full are empty, heavy with the ghosts of silent gatherings, and across the world people are dying alone. Coronavirus is a menace in the air, a menace inside our heads. Every day I am reminded of how fragile, how breakable we are.
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My husband is a doctor and each morning when he leaves for work, I worry. My daughter coughs and I worry. My throat itches and I worry. On Facetime I watch my elderly parents. I admonish them gently: Don’t let people come to the house. Don’t read the rubbish news on whatsapp.
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This is a time to cope in the best way we can. There are moments when our spirits will sag. Moments when we will feel tired after doing absolutely nothing. But how can we not? The world as it is today is foreign to us. It would be strange not to be shaken to our core.
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I cannot imagine thinking of over-achieving, or of accomplishing more than usual, when all around you the world as you know it has changed, perhaps never to return to what it used to be. And yet we must continue to go on day by day.
We must choose to live. And to do so we can set small goals. Like drink more water, if you’ve spent the past ten years wanting to be more hydrated. Like learn something every day, no matter how small. Like call loved ones – not text them, call them. Like help someone – with a small cash transfer, an encouraging message, a shared laugh.⁣⁣
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I believe in allowing myself to feel what I feel. But endless negative feelings are enervating. And so to manage it I give myself time to feel what I am feeling – an hour, or two, or three, or four – and then when the time is up, I try to push my mind into a different territory. It doesn’t always work. But it’s worth trying for when it does work.

In these pandemic-blighted times, living with a medical professional who so far has diagnosed two positive cases, in an American state being told to brace itself for an onslaught of more cases, my goal is to feel anxiety but not allow it fester into paranoia. And what helps me is knowledge.

The news can be emotionally exhausting, and can inflame anxiety, but it is important for me to educate myself. I am always careful about my news sources, and I always keep in mind that there is much still unknown about this coronavirus. I will share links to articles in my stories.
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And I make an effort not to read only about the coronavirus. I have just started reading ‘Selected Poems’ by Kenneth Fearing and a wonderfully honest memoir, ‘Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning’ by Cathy Park Hong.
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I am listening to the great Bill Withers, may he rest in peace.
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I wish you all strength and as many moments of tranquility as possible.
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-Chimamnda”⁣


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