The author, who stated this in her Instagram page @chiamandaadeichie, also shared a plight following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which is ravaging countries around the world and also shutting down activities globally.
She also revealed that her husband has diagnosed two positive cases of Coronavirus in an American state, being told to brace itself for an onslaught of more cases.
Chimamanda, who described the death of her closest aunt who died from brain aneurysm as “devastating tragedy”, also said that she was now reminded everyday of how fragile breakable humans were as she reflected on the COVID-19 pandemic.
She went on: “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.
“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.
“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.
“This is a time to cope in the best way we can. There are moments when our spirits will sag. Moments, 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.
“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.”
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