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The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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http://www.ted.com 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. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10
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# me (48 minutes ago)
I admire her public speaking skills. Beautiful skin tone as well.
Anahita Shahmsavari (18 hours ago)
I wonder who are those 1K dislike-rs? I know there is racism and sexism everywhere, but still have difficulties understanding how they can watch this and dislike it?! I wonder...
Riot FiftyThousand (1 day ago)
Don't just listen to Ngozi Chimamada, pay attention to the culture that made and raised her in Nigeria is a dying breed that needs the World's support to survive under Biafra Nation. Pay attention to GENOCIDE in Biafra, the spirited Americanesque High Flying Eagle ethnic group tied by the Wings to the Lead Winged Turkeys of Nigeria as they weep, fight and breath for freedom from oppression and Genocide. If USA ignores what's going on against Biafrans, USA has no moral value to call itself the citadel of Democracy and freedom. The Republican spirit that has endured in Biafra Land way before the American founding fathers reigned is being ignore in Nigeria today by USA because that's the way Britain wants it. You don't want them immigrating into your land, help them survive in the own land, simple and short a solution.
John Antwi (1 day ago)
One of the best speeches I've heard.
Callum Eddy (2 days ago)
xavier high yr 11 standard english gang where you at
Callum Eddy (1 day ago)
Callum Eddy (1 day ago)
+zacpower1483 bless your sweet little heart
zacpower1483 (2 days ago)
Gang gang
Prince Massaquoi (2 days ago)
Excellent Speaker 👍🏿👍🏿..
George Abuor (3 days ago)
Who keeps on listening to Ngozi 10 years later? Here I am in 2019.
kwazinkosi sibanda (3 days ago)
A great speach from a great academic.
Xenon Nemrod (3 days ago)
Oh my ... what a woman !!!!!!
Andres Tuiran (4 days ago)
the stereotypes are the cancer of the world
Latoya Wiss (7 days ago)
Where My fellow Namibians at!!!! Proud African.
Arjun Gupta (7 days ago)
This was such a powerful talk! I feel pity for those in the audience who didn't give her a standing ovation.
MARIAM KAMARA (8 days ago)
I come here because. This single story is for my homework
Patrick Akinwumi (8 days ago)
This speech makes me see the "world"
Krishna Rao (9 days ago)
What an amazing speaker!
Dornubari Ferdinand (9 days ago)
If you watch(ed) in 2019 gather here for a selfie
Bitrus Ibrahim Mingyi (9 days ago)
Such elegance, such intelligence, such eloquence, such truth, such humility! A rare combination of gifts!!!
Ray Allen (10 days ago)
My diversity and comm class assigned this as homework
L A M P (11 days ago)
I am so moved. truly.
T Poppy (11 days ago)
Julius Lewis (13 days ago)
Incredible. 👏🏾
Opinions About (13 days ago)
The ppl who disliked this vid are trump supporters
Queen Calie (14 days ago)
I just love her
Justice Ibegbulem (15 days ago)
Who else is African that moved to the U.S and was asked "did you see TIGERS on the streets?"......My response to that is always "ummmmm sureee, in the zoo" like educate yourself a lil before asking.
EXO & NCT PUTAS (18 days ago)
My college class is makin me watch this but I’ve seen this already
Justice Ibegbulem (15 days ago)
same here fam, same here
Vignesh Narayan (18 days ago)
Carlos Marte (18 days ago)
Now I have to try to finesse a paper that will both please my liberal teacher and explain my conservative thoughts on this lol.
Tommy Cinders09 (19 days ago)
Who's here for a Homework assaignment?
Advogado (19 days ago)
método Mairo Vergara.
shabinaanup (19 days ago)
I can listen to this any number of times, you are so amazing, love to you.
Tuli Franz (20 days ago)
Wow, Queen Chimamanda, African pride!!!!!!
Marcena Summer (20 days ago)
If you watch this in 2019 you are going to be great
Matthew Ese (20 days ago)
Yeah" agreed with u,, 5 thousand people fighting for 1 vacant seat perhaps' it's a result of none productive n d little ones are greedily being high jacked n lack of birth control in d region etc.
Ladd Johnson (21 days ago)
cream (22 days ago)
the difference between africa and the west: money.
chicken wingdings (22 days ago)
What an interesting story. Yeah, I came for a college assignment. I hope she's doing well, very articulate and a much better public speaker than I.
Carl (23 days ago)
So pretty much just be open minded lol
Selma Shilongo (23 days ago)
I am from Namibia and I STILL get that..where is Namibia people abroad ask.
Shupikai Gwabuya (23 days ago)
single story about a place and a people too
Thatguyy (25 days ago)
Remember folks Stereotypes are bad and you shouldn't believe them! Take that professor!
Derick Ofodirinwa (25 days ago)
young Americans low key are serial murders though. low key
Pinky Tumi (25 days ago)
Hey there gorgeous people of different colours. Have a beautiful day.😊😀😊
Pinky Tumi (25 days ago)
Hi, I love you, chimamanda. 😢😍
Meh Jones (28 days ago)
She is a genius
Andre Williams (28 days ago)
Even in 2019. Amazing, touching piece.
William Jayaraj (28 days ago)
Excellent speech by Chimmamanda . It is true that the literature has a powerful potential to motivate people. Her ambition to help her nation by starting libraries and supplying books will definitely will bear fruit. Like her, many from her place will get a chance to go to Harvard and Yale to pursue higher studies and that will in turn enlighten her nation and also the entire African continent . Best wishes .
Hala Rifai (28 days ago)
This is in the IGCSE anthology :,)
That Gay Lizard (29 days ago)
My teacher told us to watch this, we are in 5th grade and I love her now
darkroses123 (1 month ago)
Such insights makes me want to explore and boarden my horizon when it to reading n the types of materials I read.
Uchechukwu ugwu (1 month ago)
God blessed this woman with wisdom, can't deny that fact. very relevant 10 years later.
alvin nelson (1 month ago)
So grateful for my College Professor at Seton Hall to assign this video for the first Module.
Eniola Odunuga (1 month ago)
truly even some nigerians have come to see Chimamanda as only a feminist other than the complete sensible person that she is
Malak Ikram (1 month ago)
best ted talk you ar gorgeous 😘😘😘
Shajeda Choudhry1992 (1 month ago)
Chinua Achebe was an amazing writer. Read things fall part if you haven’t.
George Evans (1 month ago)
I love how she was able to talk about these hard things without any contention, without pointing fingers and trying to start a fight. This is the right way to raise awareness for these sort of things.
Rosemary Paulino (1 month ago)
Every few months I find myself here again. Thank you, Chimamanda.
Mariana Silva (1 month ago)
Perfect! :)
Chimananda, I hopelessly love you! Daughter of Africa, I'm proud of you.
Bento Efrem (1 month ago)
Shaji Papan (1 month ago)
I loved her speech because I have to study her DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY
Charlie Chaplin (1 month ago)
If this topic is of interest to you I recommend the book "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Friere
Ernest Ojukwu (1 month ago)
Igbo amaka?
Claire Nyakana (1 month ago)
Still can’t believe that was 2009, just watched this and it feels and sounds so fresh....Music to my ears...😉 This topic/subject is timeless & will always be relevant. Surely it’s good to respect each other’s stories with no judgments/ biases. Authenticity is key! No one else can ever try to tell your own story. It’s yours period...and no one else can tell it like you do.🤷🏽‍♀️
Tobi Sami'at Ibrahim (1 month ago)
Love this ❤
Nina Rhoades (1 month ago)
Absolutely wonderful
Badlaama Urukehu (1 month ago)
Can't write their own coloring books...
Badlaama Urukehu (1 month ago)
And yes, this is pretentious.
Badlaama Urukehu (1 month ago)
Ayan Hirsi Ali is a hundred times the woman this squat will ever be.
Badlaama Urukehu (1 month ago)
Beasts remove clitorises... Notice she coughs before she mentions children...
Dorothy Iorsase (1 month ago)
Her speech is the power of the ability to tell a story that starts and ends....sounds like the book Americanah....a complete beauty and brains...I will write like her some day....though from childhood experience... Loll
Sharon Edos polo (1 month ago)
Respect i am indeed proud of you 🇳🇬. May God bless you
KAISAN KAMAL (1 month ago)
who came here because of edexcel through anthology or the igcse and who is watching this in 2018 and 2019
Treasure Okoh (1 month ago)
🙌🏾 I love this woman❤️
Ali Queen (1 month ago)
Very admirable woman
Bright Tenbil (1 month ago)
Best of all time. Africa is Proud of You!
Alberto Sordina (1 month ago)
Her accent is so sexy
Swetha Jayakrishnan (1 month ago)
Is there anyone who came here by studying this speech as a chapter?
Sanjana Sujith (1 month ago)
I came here bcoz I have this speech in my syllabus and I have exam tomorrow.
Roberto Medeiros (1 month ago)
Vergara students here?
JT- Taguchi (1 month ago)
Oh god that’s my English language text
Sedanur Aslan (1 month ago)
Mali ve Kamerun’a gelmeden önce bende tek bir hikayeye sahiptim ama şimdi binlerce görüşüm oldu.Binlerce hikayeye tanıklık ettim. Afrika’ya gelip bu insanlarla tanışmak paha biçilemez bir armağan iyi ki hayatımın bir bölümünde sizlerle aynı yolda yürüdüm..
Doro Mccloskey (1 month ago)
Her voice is so nice, held my attention the entire time, super interesting speech
jonathan cave (2 months ago)
Beautifully said , well done
Hajer al-Mubarak (2 months ago)
i had automatically clapped my hands when she finished her speech
Saule Os (1 month ago)
me too:D
Hajer al-Mubarak (2 months ago)
This is so deep i am in shock
Tiemeg Tv (2 months ago)
I have watched this video over and over.I don't know if I feel sad or excited,cuz I came from a place who's people are hardly seen beyond her stories of corruption,poor governance with a single president since 1982 etc.Just like the rest of Africa.I only thank Ngozi that her speech since 2009 is only an inspiration for me in ending 2018 to tell the otherside of cameroons story in 2019. The power of multiple stories.thanks
Elizabeth M. (2 months ago)
Travel is a great way to eliminate the effects of a single story! Real travel- experience the people, not other tourists.
Yaseen Mollik (2 months ago)
Mesmerizing voice! Love her <3
always redirect (2 months ago)
In 2009, her saying young Americans were psycho s on a killing spree was a laughing matter in 2018 it's a sad sad story. We need change people
Shaam Adam (2 months ago)
That's absolutely breathtaking story from magnificently brilliant young talented woman. I agree that single story made Africa unnoticed!
Alex Muir (2 months ago)
Love your talk.. living in Gambia since 2007. Gambians have as many misconceptions about a white man as americams of Africans. You can't understand a culture from another continent. Especially before the internet.
Alex Muir (2 months ago)
+MAMA CHOUCHOU i agree with you. I was generalizing. Btw even Gambians do this. I've been told many times its all similar below the Sahara. Clearly there are complex differences between cultures and many similarities a. I love Gambia though. I have a symbiotic relationship here with a manjago muslim family. Enjoy helping the children do better in school.
MAMA CHOUCHOU (2 months ago)
Alex Muir am confused when you talk about “Africa “ and “African” when you have only been to one only country which is Gambia and there are 54 countries in Africa?🤔🤨 It’s like talking about European in general when you had only been to Russia or Germany, or talking about America in general when you had only been to Mexico 🤨🤔...
Alex Muir (2 months ago)
And to be clear i was referring to tv shows and movies that are representative of modern Africa. Clearly history is covered widely and major events but its like the characters often have only little details about culture. The complexity is impossible to grasp in a 2 hr moveor even 100 2 hour movies.
Alex Muir (2 months ago)
When i first arrived in Gambia in 2004 i was like baby.. learning the tribes greetings, the names of trees and fruit, mangeh dem fi, toubab, monfingo. What is clear is Africans do a poor job of creating media that is interestimg for a North American audience perhaps because many haven't visited and can't grasp the requirements while of course many are visiting and do create great content and some without the visit. Generally though its the musicians that are making north Americans fall in love with Africa and we can't hear the words. But tv ahows or movies produced in africa not so much visibility across the ocean.
Christabel Mhariwa (2 months ago)
This woman inspires me so much. I would love to meet her and tell my Literature students that i finally met my role model.
fredrika27 (2 months ago)
Just came across this speech and was blown away! Her narrative is like many minorities in the US who don't represent the narrative the country has written for them!
trishaana Sewa (2 months ago)
Never thought a single stories can be this jeopardto ones perception.
trishaana Sewa (2 months ago)
MAMA CHOUCHOU (2 months ago)
trishaana Sewa harmful or harmless?
Falalongkornz (2 months ago)
The ironic thing here is that she gives us only a single story of her roommate.
Falalongkornz (2 months ago)
+MAMA CHOUCHOU Am I incorrect, then?
MAMA CHOUCHOU (2 months ago)
Falalongkornz please...😒 you think you’re smart?
DIGIT2 (2 months ago)
TU Wien any1?
MAMA CHOUCHOU (2 months ago)
DIGIT2 where is it?
Vale Viganò (2 months ago)
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Altinay and I (2 months ago)
Were watching this in Libary?
Alex White (2 months ago)
i hate my teacher

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