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Dialogue with a new breed of African, acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – The danger of a single story

Filed under : Africa, Lifestyle, Nollywood

So one of my favorite authors is African novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chimamanda was born in the town of Enugu [the capital city of Enugu State in Nigeria]. She was raised in the university town of Nsukka [also in Enugu State], home to the University of Nigeria, the first indigenous university in Nigeria. Her dad was a university Professor and her mom, a university administrator.

Chimamanda Ngozi Achizie

Her body of literary work is amazing! She first penned Purple Hibiscus in 2003 and then Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006, both which I highly recommend. And now in 2009, Chimamanda released her third book, The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of 12 short stories. These are “must-read” books!

I love what she said recently…”Nollywood full of innovative people making films despite great technical odds. Films so popular that they really are the best example of Nigerians consuming what they produce…Millions of other Nigerians who start businesses and sometimes fail but continue to nurse ambition. Everytime I am home, I am confronted with the usual sources of irritation for most Nigerians, our failed infrastructure, our failed government. But also by the incredible resilience of  people who thrive DESPITE the government rather than BECAUSE of it!”

This came as a result of my mild irritation at one of my American friends who posted “Interesting statement. I’m curious to know what the old breed of African is and how the new breed you’re proclaiming is different.” regarding my Facebook status which read “I am a NEW BREED of Africans. A new Race of Africans”…[BTW he has never been to Africa]…thanks to the new breed of Africans who were able to respond and educate him [Femi, Saran, Dylan, Sam…]

Check Chimamanda talk about “if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding...

Love this new breed of Africans!

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Saran Kaba Jones

    so so inspiring!