As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu
and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and
people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu, beautiful, self-assured, departs
for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses
relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something
she never thought of back home: race. Obinze, the quiet, thoughtful son of a
professor, 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.
Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly
democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an
eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria,
and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion, for their homeland and for
each other, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.
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