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The hazard of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



http://www.ted.com Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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  1. I'm Igbo too I saw Chimamada's name I knew she was too ♥️

    What Chimamanda said about of all I saw of Africa was "beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals, and incomprehensible people , fighting senseless wars, poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves. Waiting to be saved by a well meaning white foreigner" is straight facts.

    Result of damaging media, colonization, segregation, lack of understanding and ideas built on racism.

    Facts.

  2. Thank you Chimamanda Adichie! My dream is to write a children`s story book . I have read a book of yours out here in the German Diaspora and Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Okot P´Bitek and other great writers were a must during my literature classes. And now you are there! Congratulations.

  3. Well said Chima…Maybe out of "feeling" the response you gave that child but that was best at that moment at time's stop them in their tracks before they run themselves over. My respond all time's whenever the term says AFRICA as if it's a country , I always respond AFRICA IS A CONTINENT WITH 54 COUNTRIES …AND EACH COUNTRY HAS MORE THAN 5 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES…DIFFERENT CULTURES AND TRIBE'S. ☺

  4. i m north african, most in my country are white africans, i wonder how confusing this could be to americans :p
    i often interract with mainly french poeple, and very often i'm the one confused by how my ideas on things like feminism and social injustices are .. more progressive that theirs. :p i m also often amazed how i percieve my multi-linguistic skills as a source of personal pride, but that westerns would see it as a "due", of course a third world citizen sould learn the langage of "his betters".

  5. Yes! I'm from the Middle East and I know what Americans around me think when they know where I'm from. Suddenly their entire perception of who I am changes. Suddenly they feel the need to talk about how they want peace and they feel pressured to ask the same questions. War and land isn't our only story! Brilliant.

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