Have you ever read a book that has an everlasting impact on you? So much so that you design a collection inspired by it's characters. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a novel that I keep on my mental shelf to revisit for a bit of stimulation.
Americanah tells the story of a witty young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu who decides to return to Lagos after living in the United States for thirteen years. Ifemelu goes to the US to pursue an undergraduate degree, which she receives after some life-altering experiences. By the time she leaves for Nigeria, Ifemelu has finished a fellowship at Princeton University and become a famous blogger on race.
I love fiction especially fiction that comes packaged with a message. Those are even more appealing to me. Americanah is a novel with important social messages. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seamlessly writes about the American dream, the power of first love, and the shifting meanings of skin color race, society and culture and love.
Americanah takes us through the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze, two lovers whose lives take different turn as they navigate life away from home and back at home when they return. Americanah highlights the issues of Africans in diaspora, race, and immigration. There were many topics Adiche featured however the idea of the "Americanah experience" and the diaspora resonated with me.
One and a half years later, I am rereading Americanah to delve in and analyze the novel a little more to gain more insight on things that I missed. Reading fiction sometimes I see things at face value and not really analyze the messages being conveyed. While I am re reading Americanah, I highly recommend you join me.
AMERICANAH | by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie