Americanah is an award-winning novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that was published in 2013. It is about a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who immigrates to the United States where she struggles with racism, relationships, and identity. The novel also follows her love story with Obinze. Explore a character analysis of Ifemelu, the plot summary, and important quotes.


See a complete list of the characters in Americanah and in-depth analyses of Ifemelu, Obinze, Dike, and Aunty Uju.

Literary Devices

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Deeper Study

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