Americanah - Part 1: Chapters 1-2 Summary & Analysis

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two young Nigerians who are deeply in love, but have dreams of a bigger life outside of Nigeria. The novel follows their stories as Ifemelu moves to America to pursue an education while Obinze travels to London when he finds himself unable to follow Ifemelu to the United States.

Chapter 1 begins with Ifemelu in Princeton waiting for a train to take her to Trenton to get her hair braided. Ifemelu likes Princeton and regrets that she has to go to Trenton to find an African hair braiding salon. As she travels to the salon, she thinks about the blog she writes and that she would normally be looking for an encounter that she could use as inspiration for a blog post. However, she is closing her blog because she is...

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