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14 Americanah Quotes on Love, Life and Relationships

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Ifemelu, the protagonist of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, is certainly a favorite among lovers of contemporary African literature. In the course of the novel, Ifemelu has three love interests: Obinze, her high school sweetheart and first love; Curt, a wealthy, leisurely White-American that she meets through her babysitting job; and Blaine, a Black-American  academic that […]

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Ifemelu is Mesmerizing in Concept Trailer for Adichie’s Americanah

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In 2014, Lupita Nyongo acquired the film rights for Adichie’s Americanah. Not long after, Brad Pitt’s production company, in collaboration with Pot Boiler, signed up to produce the film. [read here if you missed it] It’s been over two years since all that transpired and no word about who will write and direct the film. In […]

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Adichie Scores Big Again! | She is Wellesley College’s 2015 Commencement Speaker

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In a few weeks, Chimamanda Adichie will officially add “commencement speaker at a top US university” to her resume. Days after rounding up her month-long feature in British Vogue, [click here if you missed it] the Nigerian novelist snags yet another high-profile engagement. Yesterday, it was announced that she has been selected to deliver the commencement […]

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Adichie in Paris! | Tells Paris TV Her Thoughts on The Nigerian Election

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What were you up to last week? Well, Chimamanda was in Paris. As part of the promotional events around the official release of Americanah in France, she met up with Nicholas Germain for an interview that aired on France 24. After giving her usual spiel about how she became black in America, she opens up a bit […]

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Your 7-Day African Literary Make-Over

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Happy New Year Brittlers! What everyone needs at the start of the new year are tips on how to reinvent aspects of their lives. For people like us who love African writing—2014 may have left us a little exhausted from the whirlwind of new fiction, book festivals, and social-media drama. I’ve put together a 7-day treatment […]

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Video | Lovely Interview! | Adichie Knows Enough Igbo for Gossiping Not for Intellectual Conversations

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Thanks to interviewers asking the same questions over and over again—Beyonce feature, Half of a Yellow Sun movie, race, and hair— Adichie’s interviews in the past year have been sounding, shall I say, a bit like a broken record. Maybe that’s why I find this video so refreshingly honest and sincere. Adichie looks relaxed in the […]

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Ifemelu Comes to Life in Adichie’s New Blog

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Last time, I brought you Adichie’s fashion blog—Chimamanda Style Files—managed by “her team.” Hopefully you’ve been popping by the blog from time to time to keep up with Adichie’s wardrobe. This time, I’m pleased to share with you Adichie’s literary blog that she writes in the persona of Ifemelu. Remember when you read Ifemelu’s fictional blogposts […]

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Americanah Movie Update: Brad Pitt’s Production Company Teams Up With Lupita Nyongo

  We are still reeling from the excitement of Lupita Nyongo optioning the rights for Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, Americanah. But that was only the first step towards getting Adichie’s novel on the silver screen. With Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, teaming up with Pot Boiler to develop the story, it’s official. Americanah movie is definitely happening! […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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