When someone asks Ifemelu, the intelligent and witty protagonist of Americanah, about the book she is reading, she thinks, “Why did people ask ‘What is it about?’ as if a novel had to be about only one thing.” - Jenny Shank
I first officially heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche on what I usually hear all things wonderful, NPR in my car after a long day at school. She was discussing her novel Americanah while joking with the interviewer about American Literature. I was enchanted by her voice and the intelligence that weighed heavily through her words even while joking. I downloaded Americanah on my Audible app that same week and since then my world has been changed forever.
If you're familiar with the song "Flawless" by Beyoncé then you too have heard Adiche's voice. Beyonce sampled Adiche's 2013 Tedx Talk titled, "We should all be feminists", using her opinion on gender roles to introduce the hit on the her 2013 surprise album release.
Americanah is an experience of race, education, personal struggles, observations, and love through the life of Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman who emigrates to the U.S. to continue her education.
I'm currently listening to this novel for the second time. What I love about listening to Americanah, other than the convenience of an audiobook, is the beautiful African accent of narrator Adjoa Andoh. She embodies every character through her tone and energy, painting the already colorful novel with another layer of character. I highly recommend this book!