Welcome to TED Talks Tuesday!
Today I present a talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie wrote a fantastic book called Half of a Yellow Sun. Going back and reading my review I remember how much I enjoyed it. A quick search of Goodreads shows she has quite a few books out, books that I need to track down.
In this talk she discusses the danger of the single story - forming a picture or an opinion about somewhere based on a single story.
The consequence of the single story is this; it robs people of dignity, it makes our recognition of an equal humanity difficult, it emphasises how we are different instead of how we are similarHer talk made me think. I have a single story of Africa - which I will no longer think of as one country. My single story is from Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books. I will no longer accept my single story and be mindful of others.
Adichie ends her talk with this thought
When we reject the single story , when we realise there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.