All Roads Lead to America (Ch. 5-8)

  What looms through Ifemelu and Obinze’s youthful love story is the unwinding of a nation and like when love goes wrong, the breaking up and breaking away of its citizens. Adichie narrates the political breakdown of Nigeria through its consequences in the everyday experiences of her characters. Though it’s not stated forthrightly in the … Continue reading All Roads Lead to America (Ch. 5-8)

I’m Chasing You (Ch. 4)

If you didn’t believe in African love stories before, this is the chapter to convert you. Ifemelu and Obinze as teenagers meet at a party thrown by the most popular “cool guy” in school. Obinze is a transfer student from Nsukka where his mother, now on sabbatical, is a university professor. Obinze is out of … Continue reading I’m Chasing You (Ch. 4)