Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest award-winning novel revolves around a Nigerian girl in America
The experience of having to grapple with what it means to be black in America is one of the things that forces one to discover a new identity, said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian author of many award-winning books who spoke about her book, Americanah, in one of the sessions at the Emirate Airline Festival of Literature.
The latest award-winning novel tackles the issue through the story of a young girl in love called Ifemelu, who heads to America and faces the same situation, “but I’m not Ifemelu, and my life is not as interesting as hers,” Adichie giggled.
“There was a meaning of being black in America, and I seemed to be rejecting that. In Nigeria, I never thought of myself as black, and what didn’t make sense to me was that people had to change their identity and become another version of themselves just because of different stereotypes in the US,” she said.