Thursday, October 18, 2012
A Balance of Stories
This is an inspiring Ted Talk by Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie about the danger of a single story. She says that, "The single story creates sterotypes, and that the problem with sterotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story." A single story emphasizes how people from different regions are different, rather than how we are similar. If we have a balance of stories of people from different regions, rather than focusing on a single story or sterotype, stories can be used to empower and to humanize. She also speaks about the challenges in Nigeria, and throughout the talk mentions several stories of people from her home, and the challenges that Africa faces as a whole. At the end she speaks of the "incredible resiliency of people who thrive despite the government rather than because of it" in Africa.