A white person calls a neighbourhood multi-cultural when 9% of the residents are black. A black person doesn’t call it multi-cultural unless 40% of the residents are black. Similarly, while white people think racism is no longer an issue, black people certainly think it still is.
Ifemelu grows up in Nigeria but later goes to the United States to study. There, she discovers racism and starts to write a blog about this. Her friend Obinze, meanwhile, moves to London, where it is difficult for Nigerians to find well-paid work. Interwoven in this lively story with its well-described characters is a wonderful love story.
I really enjoyed reading this novel because it gave me a lot of insight in cultural differences and racism and also an impression of life in Lagos. I loved the colourful descriptions of the African sounds and smells and the contrast with the clean and over-organised life in the US.