here that surely will open up a new debate on gender, race, culture and
why not, on her newly area of interest, feminism. If we are to believe Chimamanda,
then “The black women’s hair is political”.
From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful new
novel-her first in seven years: a story of love and race centred around a
young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and
challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a
Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria
is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if
they can. Ifemelu-beautiful, self-assured-departs for America to study.
She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and
friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never
thought of back home: race. Obinze-the quiet, thoughtful son of a
professor-had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him
in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic
Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an
eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to
Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion-for their
homeland and for each other-they will face the toughest decisions of
Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives,
Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s
”The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said”. ALISON.