This project would not be possible without the mentorship, guidance, and support provided by so many wonderful people
-Thank you to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for writing this book that I love so dearly and for continuously amplifying my passion for literature with her work.
-Thank you to Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander for first introducing me to Adichie, Americanah, and the possibilities of considering digital Africas.
-Thank you to Professor Alicia Christoff for helping me solidify the initial proposal for this project and for the support in pursuing it.
-Thank you to Professor Lisa Brooks for allowing me to work on your digital project and helping me to gain invaluable experience working with these tools, and for being a source of encouragement, advice, and inspiration throughout this process.
-Thank you to Liz Alexander for providing the inspiration for this project. Your senior thesis helped me decide in my first year at Amherst that I eventually wanted to do something like this, and showed me all that was possible.
-Thank you to Andrew Smith and Sheila Chukwulozie for the countless hours spent working in Twine and on other platforms to get this done in time, for knowing what I needed before I even knew I needed it, and for all of the laughs along the way.
-Thank you to the VR/AR Special Topics class for your emotional support and shared passion for the digital projects.
-Thank you to Justin Barry for all of the photoshop help and design advice.
-Thank you to the Amherst College English Department, especially Bette Kanner, for all of the logistical support and tireless efforts in ensuring this process goes smoothly for each English thesis writer.
-Thank you to my teammates, coaches, and the members of the Amherst College Softball family for listening to me ramble about identity and hyperlinks for the past six months/listening to me talk constantly about the concept of a thesis in general, and for all of the emotional support along the way. Thank you especially to Alena Marovitz, for being my writing buddy throughout our hectic season, to Ally Kido for accompanying me on many writing trips to Starbucks and validating me in each step of this process, to Annie Apffel for being a huge source of emotional support throughout all of it, and to Julia Turner and Scout Boynton for your willingness to talk through my ideas with me, and being just as excited about this project as I am.
-Thank you to Cassandra Hradil for being my undergraduate scholarly work partner these last four years, for knowing when to validate and when to critique, and for accompanying me on our own individual journeys through this crazy process.
-Thank you to Mom and Dad for everything: for spending winter and spring break watching me write and listening me to work through my ideas, for providing support in whatever form it looked like on any given day, and for always believing in me.
-And finally, thank you to Professor Marisa Parham, who I truly could not have done this without. Working with you over the past four years has given me so many tools and opportunities, has dramatically improved my writing, and has ultimately made me a better person. Your selflessness and willingness to go above and beyond helped me make this project everything I could have hoped for. After hearing you speak during Amherst’s TEDx event in the fall of my first year, I hoped to eventually take a class with you at some point, and now I feel so lucky to have had the privilege of working with you for the past four years. Thank you for everything!
Justin Barry : Graphics Consultant
Sheila Chukwulozie : Implementation Assistant
Marisa Parham : Web Designer, Server Management
Support for this project also provided by the IRLhumanities Lab and Five College Digital Humanities