Professional Development – Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Belema Iyo.

Ted Talk.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author who has become famous for her books, Purple Hibiscus, Half Of A Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck.

In this video Chimamanda talks about what she calls, “the danger of a single story.” In this video she addresses the content of the stories we use to define people and their culture. Chimamanda has become so much of an inspiration to so many people and the way she writes her books gives life to most. In this video, she challenges the ideas we hold true to ourselves as what we feel defines Nigerians & what we feel defines Africans and people in general.

This video in so many ways shows us a simple solution to a problem that has had a huge impact on the world in more ways than one. Chimamanda says this about the danger of a single story, “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”


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