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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Announces Release of New Book 'Notes on Grief'

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has announced that her new book 'Notes on Grief' will be released this coming May. The book is an homage to her father who died of kidney disease late last year.

Award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has reportedly announced that her new published book Notes on Grief will be out on the 11th of May 2021. The book follows Adichie's published New York Times essay which detailed her grieving process after her father, James Nwoye Adichie, died last year. Adichie's publishing company Knopf shared the thrilling news on their Twitter page.


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The executive vice president and publisher of Knopf, Reagan Arthur stated that Notes on Grief is honest insight on the universal experience of grief. Arthur, according to Literary Hub, described the book as "an exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope". Adichie's father passed unexpectedly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The novelist was reportedly at her home in the US when her father passed away in Nigeria and subsequently viewed his body through her cellphone screen. According to The Guardian, Adichie explores the anger and loneliness that accompanied her experience of loss and contrasts it with cultural dimensions of grieving.

According to Brittle Paper, James Nwoye Adichie was the first Professor of Statistics in Nigeria. The book will tell the story behind the man who was not only an academic but a man who survived the Biafran war. Adichie described her father as "the loveliest man" and credited him for his stories from the Biafran war which influenced Half of a Yellow Sun. Notes on Grief uses her New York Times essay title which was published just a month before her father's burial which she physically attended in Nigeria.

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Meet the Ghanaian-British Designer Behind Janet Jackson's Latest Cover Look

For her most recent cover shoot, Janet Jackson donned a headpiece co-created by Ghanaian-British designer Chrissa Amuah, who tells us more about how she finds inspiration in her parents' homeland.

After rocking a LaviebyCK design by Cameroon's Claude Kameni in her 2018 'Made for Now' music video, Janet Jackson has turned to another talented African creative for her latest look. On the February 2022 cover of Allure Magazine, in which Jackson talks about executive-producing her documentary, Janet, the multiple Grammy-winning artist is pictured wearing an Ògún headpiece, co-designed by Ghanaian-British textile and furniture designer, Chrissa Amuah.

"I’ve always been a fan and respected her craft and work ethic,” Amuah told OkayAfrica. “For Ms Jackson to wear the Ògún in promotion of her new documentary sends a powerful message of enduring brilliance, integrity, and walking in the strength of our true voices.”

Of Ghanaian, Togolese, and Beninese heritage, Amuah was born to Ghanaian parents in London and draws inspiration from the Ghanaian Adinkra symbol in her work as the founder and Creative Director of AMWA Designs, a luxury homeware and interiors brand established in 2014. Making her international debut at the Milan Design Week, she gained worldwide acclaim in 2015, and a few years later, was named “Consumer and Luxury Rising Star” at the 2017 Black British Business Awards.

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