The Square Peg in a Round Hole: Americanah’s Dike

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a coming of age story about Ifemelu, the Nigerian main character, and to some extent her Nigerian boyfriend, Obinze . The reader follows both of these characters from growing up in Nigeria to living abroad to their return to Nigeria. Ifemelu’s family, especially her Aunty Uju, is also central to the story as she …