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Chimamanda Adichie Says She Was Once Crushing On Michael Essien



Chimamanda Adichie, a US-based Nigerian Novelist, has disclosed that she once had a spark in her heart whenever she saw Ghanaian footballer Micheal Essien.

In an introduction she penned for a picture book, Africa― The Future of Football, authored by a photographer, Pall Stefansson,She revealed how she felt whenever she saw Essien play.

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Reading the introduction, to the book, with the title – Football Nationalism, Adichie said her feelings came about during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when Ghana Defeated United States in a match.

Her story was trying to drive home the point that football is one of the only ways we forget our nationality and become one nation and one people.

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“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.” She said.

SOURCE: AfricaCelebrities.Com