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Coming Soon…”Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | New Book to be Released in April/May 2013



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chimamanda_adichie-300x270A new book by influential Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a BIG deal!
In just a few days, her new novel “Americanah” will be released in Australia (1st April 2013) and then in the UK (11th April 2013), US fans will have to wait until the 14th of May 2013 to read the book but we are pretty sure it will be worth the wait. Check with the bookstores and online book retailers in your country of residence for the local release dates. BN will also update information regarding the Nigeria release dates soon.

Find out more about “Americanah” below. We are loving that one of the main characters is a blogger! Keep reading…

From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a powerful story of love, race and identity.

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.


  1. Nshina

    March 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I love Chimamanda and I’ll definitely get a copy of this book when it’s released in Nigeria but I’m a bit miffed that it’s being released in Australia first. Is it that we do not appreciate our own or is it that her publisher is in Australia? I would appreciate an answer please.

    Keep up the good work BN!!

    • Italian Princess

      March 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

      *cue* in Hakym D’Dream’s hit track… “Dey Dere”

    • hayzey

      March 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

      For crying out loud, “appreciating our own” has nothing to do with the publishing industry. This stuff is figured out by the publisher who decides what schedule works best. But yes, she’s signed to a foreign publisher, though the book will be released through a Nigerian publisher shortly after.

    • IHatePeopleThatSayThankMeLater

      March 27, 2013 at 5:19 am

      Why didn’t ‘your own’ publish her book?? msscheww….”ye ma form familiarity!!”

  2. Nelo

    March 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Yaaaaayyyy! can’t wait….Love me some Chimamada

  3. kikiN

    March 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Excited much!! Can’t wait to get a copy in my hands! I read everything Adichie!

  4. anonymous

    March 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

    i seriously can’t wait. the late chinua Achebe said she came fully made.

  5. Kachi

    March 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Am so eager to read this…

  6. Chyke

    March 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Nice one. But BN u are late on this,,,,,dis story have been on for over a month now…BN readers go soon say I too dey waka 4 internet. Anyway, I like Chimamanda and my favourite book by her is Purple Hibiscus n I wish it could be made into a movie but d problem is dat we don’t have child actors in nollywood but British fit adapt am na……lmao! Chimamanda I wish u success on ya Americanah release. U are a good writer.

  7. chuchusweets

    March 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I CANT WAITTTTT!!! at last another book

  8. Chyke

    March 26, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I will definitely get a copy when it gets released here in Nigeria. Am not even happy it’s gonna be released first in Australia..why Chimamanda? We Nigerians love you na or is an Australian company sponsoring it? Anyway I still love u.

  9. Okechukwu Ofili

    March 26, 2013 at 9:39 am


  10. kookaburra

    March 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

    na wa o, how abt we loyalists in Nigeria?

  11. Peachy_mo

    March 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Chinua Achebe said she came ALMOST fully made. What I admire most about her writing is the end note which leave the reader guessing or making up closing event(s) for the story. It take a natural talent and genius to make create a work that has the ability to draw out the artistic writer in everybody.

    I am also miffed the first release is not in Nigeria but I’ll forgive her and her publishers for that.

    The Thing Around Your Neck is a relaxing read! I cant wait to pass on these works by outstanding writers to my children and grand children; such as Sefi Ata, Rasheed Gbdamosi, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka (esp his memoirs Ake & Idanre), Aye Kwei Armah, Ama Ata Adioo, Zaynab Akali, T.M Aluko, Elechi Amachi, Cyprian Ekwensi, Buchi Emecheta Olaudah Equiano, Helon Habila, Festus Iyayi (esp Violence), Flora Nwapa, Gabriel Okara, Christopher Okigbo, Ben Okri, Osonye Tess Onwueme (esp The Reign of WAZOBIA), Niyi Osundare, Ola Rotimi, Zulu Sofola, Bode Sowande and the father of Nigerian novel in English language AMOS TUTUOLA.

    #phew the list is endless! all these outstanding writers in Nigeria? Where did we really go wrong? I wish we can transport them into governance.

    • MySpiritIs'Miffed'

      March 27, 2013 at 5:26 am

      All you “miffers” should go and warm your behinds on a bench!!! You are even lucky she’s releasing it in Naija…so that Alaba boys will quickly get you a copy for one-tenth the price abi??
      By the way…is “miff” the new tush thing to say around Naija these days….okay sha, my person abeg no Miff oo!

  12. dimma1

    March 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Can’t wait!!!!

  13. favour unumeri

    March 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

    i really do love her books, nd am looking forward in purchasing Americana by adichie

  14. Inebaby

    March 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

    A fine writer! Can’t wait to have this book!

  15. favour unumeri

    March 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Nigerians don’t always appreciate their own

    • Peachy_mo

      March 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      How? all the comments here are praise and appreciation of her works what’s with your negativity? na wa o…

  16. omolola

    March 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I am surprised at the some of the comments about not releasing the book here in Nigeria first. Which of her books were released in Nigeria first? she is signed on to Harper Collins and not the Nigerian publishers have a deal with her publishers. Half of a yellow sun and purple hibiscus were not released here first o! Abi no be oyinbo give am recognition first before we sabi am?

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Abi oh? Na oyibo give am literary prize before a lot of Nigerians twigged and started picking up her books.

    • Ngum

      April 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm


  17. Shirlz

    March 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Amazing, simply cant wait….

  18. Miss Pepeye

    March 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

    @ omolola, thank you oh. Please tell them. Meanwhile, cant wait to read the book.

  19. candyjay

    March 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    i just cant wait to get a copy in my hands!!

  20. Partyrider

    March 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Does it even matter where it’s released first? Some of you just want to make a mountain out of nothing..kmt you either wait to buy the book or not,it’s that simple.

    Patiently waiting to grab my copy

  21. Distance is killing me,miss my boo!

    March 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Watever,where will surely get to my hand! Hope it will still has the apt descriptive analyses like Half of a yellow Sun(I kept reading it over nd over and over) I’m even ashamed,blcas my sibling kept yabbing me!

  22. Gertrude

    March 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Yay excited!! Two new books to read in May. Ps BN you should check out the “Honest Toddler” on Twitter, written by a Nigerian-Canadian mum called Bunmi Laditan. Her twitter feed is hilarious and she’ll be releasing a book in May.

  23. bb

    March 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    am excited…pls wen is d bk launch in naija…wanna attend

  24. NNENNE

    March 27, 2013 at 3:05 am

    A must read!

  25. Foluke

    April 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Release date is April 21, 2013 in Lagos. You can check for details

  26. Raymond Bey

    March 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Sister, people like you are traitors. This is Africa. The people you call African American are your mothers and fathers. This is Northwest Africa before there was an Atlantic ocean. You are such a traitor you cannot speak that truth. You think you are better than we are and that is just your ignorant mind. You have no idea of the journey of the race. Before there was a Nigeria we were. So we are your ancestors. so you can can take your attitude back to Nigeria with you because we are your ancestors and you fail to understand or recognize that. Simply go home. We are home. This is Northwest Africa and we are far more African than you are. So get real. You are an intellectual midget. I would never buy your book.

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