Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel Americanah is a powerful story about love, race, and immigration. Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman living in Princeton, New Jersey, decides to move back to Nigeria after a breakup. She emails her first love, Obinze, while sitting in a hair salon.

  • Ifemelu and Obinze first meet in Lagos, Nigeria, while his mother is on sabbatical. They fall in love immediately and decide to attend Nsukka University, where his mother is a professor. Teacher strikes, however, lead Ifemelu to pursue her education overseas.
  • Ifemelu struggles to make her way in America. She works as a nanny through most of college. Her boyfriend, Curt, gets her a job at a public relations firm in Baltimore. She later breaks up with him and moves in with Blaine, an African American man who teaches at Yale.
  • For several years, Ifemelu writes a popular blog about her experiences as a non-American black. She shuts this blog down, however, when she decides to move back to Nigeria. Obinze, meanwhile, has become a successful businessman in Lagos and has a wife and child. Ifemelu and Obinze reconnect, and he eventually leaves his wife for her.
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