Americanah Novel Summery

Americanah Novel Summery 

Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman who lives in Princeton, New Jersey, gets her hair braided in preparation for her upcoming return to Nigeria. She has choppy together with her boyfriend, Blaine, closed her popular blog about race, and uprooted her life because she feels weighed down. When she thinks of returning to Nigeria, she can’t help but consider Obinze, her old flame , now a man of means in Lagos with a wife and daughter. Upon receiving an email from Ifemelu, Obinze becomes distracted. Americanah Novel Summery, He has stumbled into wealth after his cousin introduces him to a well-connected man. Americanah Novel Summery, His wife, Kosi, is gorgeous and adoring, but they never connected on the emotional level that he and Ifemelu did. That night, he listens to the music he and Ifemelu wont to hear once they made love.

 The novel flashes back to Ifemelu’s youth. She and Obinze meet at a celebration where a lover attempts to line Obinze up with a woman named Ginika. Obinze has admired Ifemelu from afar since transferring to their school, and that they immediately hit it off. They date all throughout lyceum and thru the beginning of university. However, university lecturer strikes keep closing the schools , and Obinze and Aunty Uju encourage Ifemelu to use to high school in America. Ifemelu is accepted then quickly approved for a student visa. Ifemelu and Obinze decide to at some point reunite in America. Americanah Novel Summery,  Unfortunately, Ifemelu’s student visa doesn't allow her to figure , and without a full scholarship and stipend, Ifemelu must find a source of income. She applies to jobs employing a family friend’s Social Security card to no avail. In desperation, she agrees to figure for a shady coach as his “relaxation assistant,” which involves allowing him to the touch her sexually. After one meeting, she never returns to the coach. Americanah Novel Summery,  Out of shame and self-loathing, she stops replying to Obinze’s messages and emails.

Ifemelu’s luck changes when Ginika introduces her to Kimberly, a woman who needs a babysitter. Americanah Novel Summery, The steady work offers her an opportunity to specialise in her studies. She meets Kimberly’s wealthy cousin, Curt, who is instantly smitten together with her . Americanah Novel Summery,  they begin dating, and when Ifemelu graduates, Curt helps her get employment which will sponsor her positive identification . Americanah Novel Summery,  For the work interview, Ifemelu must have her hair relaxed in order that it'll look professional consistent with American standards. Americanah Novel Summery,  The relaxer burns her scalp, and her friend Wambui encourages her to undertake wearing her hair natural. At first, Ifemelu thinks her hair is ugly, but soon grows to like it. One day, she runs into a lover from Nigeria, who asks what happened between her and Obinze. She gives him the snub , and is upset the remainder of the day. Although she explains that the university friend wasn't an ex-boyfriend, Curt acts possessive.


Americanah Novel Summery,  Meanwhile, Obinze lives as an illegal immigrant in London. His American visa application was rejected due to anti-terror panic after the 9/11 , 2001 attacks. His mother offers to bring him as a search assistant on a visit to London as how to urge him into Britain. Obinze’s friend links him up with a fellow Nigerian, Vincent, who is willing to let him use his social insurance card so as to figure if Obinze will give him a percentage of his income. Obinze agrees and finds employment during a warehouse. Eventually, Vincent demands extra money . Obinze refuses, and therefore the next day his boss tells him that somebody reported him as an illegal immigrant. Americanah Novel Summery,  Desperate, Obinze tries to seek out someone to rearrange a positive identification marriage for him. The day Obinze’s wedding is supposed to require place, he arrives to the courthouse only to seek out the police awaiting him. Obinze is deported.


Ifemelu cheats on Curt and ends their relationship. After she writes an email to Wambui detailing her frustration with Curt’s inability to know the need of Essence magazine during a world of beauty magazines catering to white women, Wambui suggests Ifemelu start blogging. Ifemelu starts a blog that specialize in her observations on race in America as a non-American Black woman , and her clever posts soon cause its popularity. Americanah Novel Summery,  At a conference for minority bloggers, she runs into Blaine, a African-American professor at Yale. they start dating, and Ifemelu moves in with him. When Ifemelu doesn't attend a protest Blaine organizes against the university’s racism of a black staffer , they need a serious fight and almost hack . Americanah Novel Summery,  However, Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy draws them back together and provides them a joint mission up until the election, and Ifemelu’s subsequent decision to go away .


Aunty Uju calls Ifemelu to inform her that her son, Dike, tried to kill himself. Ifemelu rushes to be with him. Once she’s back in Nigeria, Ifemelu slowly finds her feet. However, she is hesitant to contact Obinze. Americanah Novel Summery,  Finally, she texts him, and he wants to satisfy up together with her as soon as possible. Their attraction remains undeniable. When Obinze asks her why she cut him off, Ifemelu tells him the story of the coach , surprised at her own tears. Obinze holds her hand, and she or he basks within the safety she feels. After more dates, Ifemelu awkwardly rekindles their relationship , although she doesn't want to be his mistress. 

They argue, and Ifemelu calls Obinze a coward for not divorcing Kosi. Shaken, Obinze cares Ifemelu’s accusation, and finds truth in it. He asks Kosi for a divorce. Kosi tries to ignore his declaration, reminding him that he features a duty to his family. Obinze decides that he doesn’t want his daughter to get older together with her parents only playing the roles of happy husband and wife. Americanah Novel Summery,  Days later, he shows up at Ifemelu’s flat telling her that he has left Kosi, will still be present in his daughter’s life, and needs to be with Ifemelu. Ifemelu invites him in.

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