Braiding the Strands of Culture: Interweaving Hair and Power in Adichie’s Americanah

Four braids wrap around the cover of Americanah, binding the stories and experiences of race within. Stories of realising one’s own race and how it changes your mobility in different places. Stories of understanding power. In Americanah, Adichie uses hair as a metaphor for race and the level of power it affords, challenging her intended … Read moreBraiding the Strands of Culture: Interweaving Hair and Power in Adichie’s Americanah

Prejudice in Americanah and The Scarlet Letter

Prejudice or alienation is almost always a theme, whether a prominent one or a minor one, within a work of literature. Art is about the human condition, and the human condition only significant because of struggle; a blessed life does not make a story. The novels Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie and The Scarlet Letter by … Read morePrejudice in Americanah and The Scarlet Letter

Who (And Who Isn’t) Home in the African Diaspora

In the essay, “Rethinking the African Diaspora: Global Dynamics,” Ruth Simmons Hamilton writes that, “those who have a strong connection to – and sense of – Africa as homeland often form networks with others who share in this, building alliances based on similar experiences and worldviews and shared circumstances in the African Diaspora” (Hamilton 3). … Read moreWho (And Who Isn’t) Home in the African Diaspora

Americanah as a Sex-Positive Bildungsroman

Many feminists deem sex-positive sex education necessary in order to promote safe, consensual, and healthy sex habits in adolescents that will leave an effect that lasts a lifetime. In the novel Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, however, Ifemelu’s journey through learning about herself as a sexual being seems, at times, less than healthy, and certainly … Read moreAmericanah as a Sex-Positive Bildungsroman