Thursday, October 8, 2009

Talks Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Have you see this?

"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."

Isn't she beautiful and great? ENJOY!


  1. I love this woman, but I feel she is limiting herself more and more. She needs to tell other stories. I come from a similar background as she does, and read similar books with similar influence.But I am not a gifted writer, so history will not blame me for not doing more for our children. I am watching my children read the same Enid Blyton and now JK Rowling. Because books that tell stories about our environment do not exist. Like her and like me, I am sure once in secondary school, my children will also read Achebe and Camara Laye.She needs to RAISE her act, raise the ante. She should reject that labelling. Finaly she should visit the north of Nigeria. There is more to Nigeria than Lagos and the East.............

  2. Thanks, Zainab. I wish one of these good literary critics out there would pluck the courage to tell her some of the hard truths she needs to hear as a writer. That would make her a better writer and a solid intellectual.
    Thanks for this.