Sassy
Sassy
Subscribe to our Rss Feed Follow me on twitter

Limitations of a Single Story…according to fab author, Chimamanda Adichie



Filed under : Africa, Art & Culture, Lifestyle

One of Africa’s brightest young writers Chimamanda Adichie is definitely talented!

Chimamanda Ngozi Achizie

So…who determines what an ‘authentic’ African story is anyway?

“If somebody writes about middle-class Africans they say, ‘Oh no, write about the real Africa.  Write about Mugabe being terrible in Zimbabwe.’  You don’t write about people who fall in love on the street.  You don’t write about Africans who have money and go on vacation because that’s not ‘real’.  The real Africa is starving, or being bullied by Mugabe, or dying of Aids.”

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells a story that’s different from what most hear and see about Africa.  She warns that “if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”

Check out the clip!

Chimamanda has won many awards for her creative novels including the Best First Book award in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Orange Prize and is a 2008 MacArthur Fellow.  Her books are set across the world.

Kudos to you Chimamanda!

Source: TED

Tangie – who has written posts on Farai Today.


If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!
  • Ntosh

    Love her! We definatley are a continent with more to offer than just stories of poverty and correction.

  • Ntosh

    Love her! We definatley are a continent with more to offer than just stories of poverty and corruption.

  • http://faraitoday.com farai

    Hi Ntosh,

    Yes, completely in love with all that is Chimamanda! She is definitely uber fab & a FaraiToday chi repping Africa lovely! Our aim here is to show Africans living, loving & laughing!

    Cheers,
    Farai & FaraiToday Team

  • http://faraitoday.com farai

    Hi Ntosh,

    Yes, completely in love with all that is Chimamanda! She is definitely uber fab & a FaraiToday chic repping Africa lovely! Our aim here is to show Africans living, loving & laughing!

    Cheers,
    Farai & FaraiToday Team