How to Read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Americanah’
“I am three days aged in Lagos and cry as my fingers turn the first page.”
I discovered race in America and it fascinated me. I discovered race in Americahere
You cooked for them?
Power RangersPower Rangers
Ekaaro Ekaaro Ma. Ekaaro
Who do you want to seeWhich organization are you representing? You don’t have any identification?
You did such a good job.
He just thinks you’re pretty.
You are really beautiful for a dark-skinned girl
I forget but I don’t forgive
Is there anything you want to talk about? Maybe something you’ve wanted to ask me?Ekaaro
Why did you decide to move to NigeriaWow you’re still here,
You are really a Nigerian now
Maryam Kazeem is a Nigerian American writer and producer based in Lagos. Her writing has appeared in publications including Vogue Italia, Okayafrica, Brittle Paper and Another Gaze. She was a 2017 Callaloo Fellow in non-fiction writing. You can read more of her thoughts about living in Lagos on her Tinyletter.
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