Novelist Chimamanda Adichie Speaks On Her Crush On Michael Essien

Chimamanda Adichie Crush On Michael Essien
Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie has opened up on how she had a mild crush on ex-Ghana international Michael Essien for his exploits at a FIFA World Cup finals.

The renowned writer disclosed this in her introduction for a picture book, Africa― The Future of Football, authored by a photographer, Pall Stefansson.

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Adichie, who recently lost her father, read the introduction (to the book), with the title, Football Nationalism.

Adichie said she had to adopt the Black Stars because the Super Eagles of Nigeria didn’t qualify.

Making a point about how people often forget their differences in the euphoria of football, Adichie narrated how she watched the Ghana vs. US clash with her best friend, Uju, and how they excitedly referred to the Ghanaian players as ‘our boys’.

She said: ‘I watched the game with my best friend, Uju, often shouting and then hugging each other when Ghana finally beat the United States.

”You know some of our boys started playing this game without shoes’, Uju said. ”’Our boys’ were, of course, the Ghanaians.

”A small consequence of that game was my developing a mild crush on the Ghanaian player, Michael Essien, as much for his looks as for his dexterity.

”But the larger and more important consequence was my realisation that sports allowed us, black Africans, to address historical and political grievances in the most cathartic way.”
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