On August 31, 1997 Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Her life, as much as her death, was a global phenomenon.

The ten-year anniversary of her death took place a few days ago. Social media was flooded with goodwill messages. People recalled where they were when they first heard the news of her death.

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The African literary side of social media did not disappoint. Princess Diana received her fair share of commemorative posts.

Nigerian writer Molara Wood, who is, by the way, a staunch dianophile, shared a series of tweets in which she recalled the collective experience of loss and morning that followed Princess Diana’s death.

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Wood tells this funny story about hearing the news of Diana’s death and falling down the stairs while heavily pregnant. Thankfully, the story has a happy ending. The child is now 19 years old and well.

We love Wood’s personal take on an occurrence as public and distant as the death of an iconic figure of British royalty.

[Go HERE to read Wood’s beautiful essay on Diana’s passing published on the Sunday edition of Guardian Nigeria.]

Enjoy!

 

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