The book “Americanah” is one of my favorite books(I have read it twice now). There is just so much in it and there is a lot to learn from it.
So, what is this book about? This book is about Ifemelu and Obinze who fell in love at a very young age. However, there was a university strike when they were in university, so Ifemelu traveled abroad to America to get a better education and finish school. Obinze could not go with her and that’s where their love gets cut off because when Ifemelu got to America, she walked straight into the problems and struggles of being black and being an immigrant in America. Obinze hoped to join her in America but he was denied visa a couple of times and he went to England instead where he lived a “dangerous” life of an undocumented black man in England. The book is just really about their love story and all they faced in their love journey.
First of all, it is really interesting how Chimamanda uses this book to educate people as well as also entertain them. This book is a fiction book but as you’re reading, you would even forget that it is fiction. This is because this book speaks to a lot of social vices. It touches on several racial stereotypes, immigration(the glorification of America by non-Americans), and it also touches on a lot more topics. To put it in sociology terms, this book has both latent and manifest function. The manifest function is to entertain us with the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze but in between lines, we see the latent function; this book educates us on so many stereotypes and faults in our society. Opening our eyes to the reality of being a black immigrant in America and England and just educating us on a lot of misconceptions that people have.
I’m somebody who likes to hear other people speak about and challenge social vices and the society-formulated way of thinking. That’s exactly what Chimamanda does in this book. So, if you are like me, you’ll really love this book. Really, this book is evidence that learning is not always boring. It also proves that you don’t always have to be in a classroom to learn. I think this book also proves the importance and benefits of reading because it helps you understand that the more you read, the more you learn and gain wisdom.
Another amazing thing about this book is that I love how as I was reading, the characters came alive. It didn’t feel like I was reading anymore, it felt like I was there with them. The story steals you and puts you in it because it’s so interesting that you would become so invested in it. Also, each character(both the major and minor characters) served the purpose they were supposed to serve. They made me laugh, yet they made me think and rethink.
In all, if you’re somebody who likes Chinua Achebe’s books but you find it hard to understand them and difficult to follow the story how it goes, then you need to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This book helps you to understand a lot of things in an easy way. The story is easy to follow and understand. Just like every other Chimamanda’s book, when you start reading this book, you won’t be able to drop it till you finish reading it.
So, I rate this book a 5/5. If you’ve not yet read this book, you need to add it to your reading list now. If you’ve read this book, tell me your thoughts about it in the comment. If you also have any questions, just comment it. That’s all for today. Bye y’all 🤗✨
Wait, wait.. okay so, if you want to read a free version of this book online, you can go to z-lib.org to do that. If you don’t already have an account on there, you will need to create an account. Okay, bye now:)
p.s.all the photos used in this post were gotten from google..