It is worthy to note that Americanah won the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award for 2013 and has gone on to receive several recognitions across the globe. In June 2019, it was named by the Washington Post as one of The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100.
Chimamanda wowed everyone when she introduced over a hundred guests to Lupita, saying personal things about each person and their work.
“… So, I’m here to immerse myself and learn as much as I can in order to do the story justice,” she added, disclosing that part of Americanah will be shot in Nigeria. She also revealed that she is learning Igbo language and Pidgin.
Each guest present at the event received a signed copy of Americanah, which contained a beautiful bookmark inserted in it, where Adichie wrote: “As writers, we write hoping that our work will touch another human being. When Lupita wrote to me, I was very much moved. She was genuine and true; it was clear my novel mattered deeply to her. Of course a screen adaptation is never going to be exactly like a novel but I think it’s important that whoever adapts a novel should care about it in a very personal way. AMERICANAH is my ‘baby’ and I’m happy leaving my ‘baby’ in Lupita’s care.”