Ifemelu and Obinze are childhood sweethearts. Their love story is set against the backdrop of Nigeria, changing rapidly in the last few decades, and as they navigate immigration, education, success, failures, race and longings across three continents.
The narrative of Americanah is cleverly broken by blog entries written by Ifemelu on her wildly popular blog with the unique title: Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-American Black.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses the blog to offer a fresh and urgent commentary on race relations in America. From language to hair care (Ifemelu refers to a website named HappilyKinkyNappy.com to figure out the best ways to deal with her hair), the blog often makes the personal, political and the political, personal, and superbly complements the narrative arcs that traverse the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze, over the years, moving from different cities in the US and the UK, to the changing globalising landscapes of contemporary Lagos.
Published in 2013