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Novelist Chimamanda Adichie reveals the Premier League footballer she had a crush on



Famous Nigerian novelist and author, Chimamanda Adichie has revealed that she once had a crush on Ghanaian football star Michael Essien.

She made the revelation in the introduction she wrote for a picture book, Africa? The Future of Football, authored by a photographer Pall Stefansson.

Chimamanda recalled how Nigeria was absent at a football tournament she watched in her introduction titled “Football Nationalism”, and said she then became “Ghanaian” after the Ghanaian football team caught her attention.

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

“You know some of our boys started playing this game without shoes’, 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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