Narrative strategy in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel „Americanah”: the manifestation of migrant identity


  • Patrycja Kozieł University of Warsaw


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anglophone Nigerian literature, Igbo, narrative strategy, migrant identity


In this essay I will examine the characteristics of narrative strategy used by Nigerian writer and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her novel „Americanah” with special reference to Igbo language. The paper provides examples of several expressions in Igbo taken from the novel such as phrases, sentences, proverbs and other lexical items. Using the concept of the migrant identity for my analysis I argue that her narrative strategy including certain Igbo context as base for recognition could be interpreted as the method of manifestation of different self-identifications, global identities and a dynamic sense of belonging from a perspective of Nigerian writer living in the United States.


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How to Cite

Kozieł, P. (2015). Narrative strategy in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel „Americanah”: the manifestation of migrant identity. Studies in African Languages and Cultures, (49), 97–114. Retrieved from