Probably my favorite book so far this year. Adichie wonderfully tells the story of what happens when you migrate to another country, and how the idea of race or how it is perceived is not monotonous across the globe.
The story follows the main character Ifemelu as she travels to the united States from Nigeria. Ifemelu runs a blog.“Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-American Black”. Most of her blog post center around how blackness is defined and how it differs geographically. However, while the blog post are often delightful misnomers in the novel they are not the center of it, and unlike MOSQUITO-LAND i’m not a full fan of the entries. This novel centers Ifemelu transitioning from Nigerian to American or Nigerian to Americanah?
One of the big things I enjoyed about this book is how it approached the different tribalisms that exist in our society.
Race and racism.
Western vs Eastern culture.
All these go into shaping how Ifemelu views transitioning and living to America and back to Nigeria to America. These tribalism are interesting because we get to see how she adjust to her living conditions in American, and how America is viewed from the perspective of an outsider. Chalked up with honest moments about the lengths people are willing to take to fit in and gain acceptance.
I give Americanah 5 out of 5. Probably one of my favorite adult reads this year, I recommend this book to any and everyone!