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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Reads from Americanah: "Dear Non-American Black" (Podcast)

AmericanahAmericanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently addressed students at Penn State University, speaking about her experiences as an author and an outsider in America.

One of the students, Sanjana Marikunte, writes in a review of the award-winning novel: “In the novel, our heroine, Ifemelu, comes to America to go to college, leaving her family and friends behind in Nigeria. During her time in this country, she begins to write a blog about race in America from her own unique perspective. Ifemelu proudly calls herself an African, not an African-American. But she writes about being treated by others as an all-encompassing black figure.”

Adichie spoke to WPSU’s Emily Reddy before addressing the auditorium full of students who read her book as a part of the Penn State Reads syllabus, sharing her thoughts on race and what she would want readers to take away from Americanah. She reads an excerpt from Ifemelu’s blog, which starts with the poignant “Dear non-American black”, and tells Reddy about their shared experiences.

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