It turns out that not that many people know about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie husband Ivara Esege. We are here to right that wrong and tell you more about the man who has managed to capture the heart of someone as incredible and inspiring as Chimamanda Adichie.
Is Chimamanda Adichie married?
As you might have guessed from the title, one of the greatest authors and feminists of our generation is in fact married (duh) and has been for quite a long time. In 2009, she married a certain Ivara Esege, and the two have been together ever since.
Now, do not go searching for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wedding pictures, as you are not likely to find any. Chimamanda, despite being a very well-known public personality, actually prefers to keep her private life private, which is why many people are not aware that she has a husband at all. That said, we have managed to find out a thing or two about him, so let’s review the facts.
Who is Chimamanda Adichie husband?
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According to MyLife, Ivara Alistair Esege was born on August 4, 1967, which makes him roughly a decade older than his wife. Unlike Chimamanda Adichie, he is not Igbo, but he is Nigerian. Apparently, his father worked as a doctor and was a close friend of Chimamanda’s parents, and his sister was actually a good friend of her sister. Talk about destiny!
In 1989, Ivara graduated from the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medicine, and two years later from the Teaching Hospital at the same university. Not long after, he moved to the United States, and in 1995, he completed his postgraduate training at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). As a matter of fact, Mr. Esege works there to this day.
Ivara Esege is a well-educated and highly trained medical doctor. He is a physician, and he specialises in Family Medicine. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UMMC. In 2009, Esege received his certification in Family Medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine.
But what is Ivara like as a husband and a father? Let’s talk about it.
The married life of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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While the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie biography does not often feature a chapter on her personal life, it does not mean that she never talks about it in her many interviews. Since becoming an international literary sensation, the author has become more and more comfortable with talking about her family.
For instance, she felt comfortable sharing the wonderful news that she and her husband had a baby girl in the summer of 2016. That said, Chimamanda did not disclose her name or her birthday. All we know is that the girl lives in a loving family, where parents love and support each other.
As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a feminist, it is no wonder that there is equality in her household. After she gave birth, Ivara was actually the one who stayed at home with the child for the first six months. After that, the childcare was split fifty-fifty, where Esege worked three days a week, while Adichie worked the remaining four.
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When it comes to children, Chimamanda’s husband seems like the most perfect father anyone could ask for. In one of her interviews, she admitted that their daughter was probably more fond of her daddy than of her mommy :) Adichie also shared that her husband actually wanted to spend as much time with their child as possible; he even woke up in the middle of the night to tend to the little one and let her mother rest. We are sorry ladies, but the ideal man is now taken.
These days, Chimamanda spends more time in America than she does in Nigeria, as her husband does not want to be apart from the family for too long and he cannot abandon his practice in the States. Besides, they have a large cul-de-sac house on the outskirts of Baltimore in a very nice neighbourhood, so there is hardly any reason to leave it often.
Now, while it does seem like the happy couple have a perfect marriage, Chimamanda still protests against being called Mrs. Esege. She does not want to be seen as wife first and everything else second, so despite being happily married, she prefers to be regarded as Ms. Adichie. And that is a choice we must respect.
For instance, Ivara shows his respect in supporting his wife in any way he can, including going with her to the Women’s March that occurred in January in DC. The two of them walked with thousands of other people in support of equal human rights.
So that is who Ms. Adichie has been hiding from the press all these years. And we cannot blame her, because that man is a steal. We wish them many more happy years together and hope to see them reach new heights in their respective careers.
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