Chiwetel Ejiofor Discusses the Car Accident That Changed His Life (2019)
During an interview with British GQ, Chiwetel Ejiofor , 44, star of ‘Secret In their Eyes’ talked about how the death of his father at a young age still affects him.
When Ejiofor was 11, his father died in a car accident while the two were in Nigeria for a family wedding. While o n the expressway, their vehicle got in accident with a truck.
There was only one person who survived the crash: Ejiofor, who had broken bones and was in a vegetative state at the time. He still has a scar on his forehead from it.
“Grief is something you live with forever in different ways,” Ejiofor explained in the interview.
“When you lose a parent young, it has a profound effect on the way you view life. At an early age you realize the value of some things and the preciousness of life itself, which is something most people acquire later on. Certain fears or neuroses you definitely carry. Some are justified but you do lose a lot of ideas about knowledge.”
The actor was born in London to Nigerian parents. He said he was able to overcome the fear that grew after the accident.
“I think neurosis is a more creative space [than confidence] but it can be paralyzing,” he told the magazine.
“Those little fears you pick up along the way grow into such major branches of your personality, and they define the ways you approach things. But such fears are just an illusion you’re creating. I have been lucky enough to break some of the fears I had – and when you do, you recognize your genuine path and personality in a richer, deeper way.”