Natural Hair in Americanah

Hair!! Adichie has stated that she had to keep herself from making the book about natural hair. It says a lot  then that the story starts out with Ifemelu on her way to the hair salon to get braids. Even before she gets there though, we get that hair is one of the ways she assesses… Continue Reading


Recap Ch. 1-3 Americanah

Hello Readers! Welcome to the first discussion of our blog series on the book Americanah. Each week, I’ll give a recap (the gist and jist) of the chapters we’re discussing. (Nigerians use jist to mean talk/gossip, hence these are summaries with maybe a little bit of back talk) 🙂 The Jist/Gist Ifemelu is a Nigerian-born… Continue Reading


Hello everyone, Although skin color is undoubtedly the most salient signal of racial identity in America, other actual or imagined bodily features have also been seen as distinctive markers of negritude. These include the shapes of heads, feet, lips and noses as well as texture of hair. The novel “Americanah” by the award winning writer;… Continue Reading


Hello everyone, I am Funmi Brown, the facilitator for the new Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble blog, called Diaspora Voices with Funmi Brown. On a weekly basis, I will be engaging our vast audience/followers with interesting topics peculiar to Africans in diaspora. The first blog series will be featuring the popular novel “Americanah” written by the… Continue Reading