Award winning, Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confesses to harbouring feelings of guilt and self blame for her dad’s kidnap earlier in May 2015.
The Half Of A Yellow Sun writer penned down her feelings and had it published in the New York Times.
Adichie wrote about ‘sleepless, unfocused and jumpy’ nights after her father’s release, influenced by her “own sad guilt: He was targeted because of me. “Ask your daughter the writer to bring the money,” the kidnappers told him, because to appear in newspapers in Nigeria, to be known, is to be assumed wealthy.
The image of my father shut away in the rough darkness of a car boot haunted me. Who had done this? I needed to know,’ she wrote.
She expressed her disappointment at the behaviour and negligence of the authorities, “We had reported the kidnapping immediately, and the first shock soon followed: State security officials asked us to pay for anti-kidnap tracking equipment, a large amount, enough to rent a two-bedroom flat in Lagos for a year. This, despite my being privileged enough to get personal reassurances from officials at the highest levels.”
After the incidence, Adichie spirited her parents out of the country and settled them in the United States of America, as she feels the Nigerian ‘government proclamations of security’ are hollow.