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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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שושי סקירה (3 hours ago)
Georges!!! I have the same top you are wearing exactly!!! Blessings to you 😚❣🌷
Bag Of Milk (1 day ago)
English homework gang rise up
Matondo Lameck (1 day ago)
Francine Hawkins (2 days ago)
Genius analogy!
Nuclear Waste (2 days ago)
8:55 I’m going there in 2 weeks! Arriba las chivas!
Michelle Nyatero (2 days ago)
This is a true reflection of the stereotypes Africans in diaspora face
Lilian Mganyizi (2 days ago)
Beautiful and powerful. Thanks for sharing
"The problem about stereotypes are not they are untrue, but they are incomplete. They make a single story becomes the whole story. "
diane mitchell (3 days ago)
Very intelligent well spoked beautiful woman.
WhipperJesus (3 days ago)
This is part of white deception tactic. Don't fall for this white deception.
DAWintsmith (3 days ago)
I am watching because HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is the most recent book I've read. I read this book because I have found that novels are a way to look at a culture through the eyes and hearts of the people of that culture -- or as the author says, to get more than one story. As a writer of books, myself, I have grappled with the challenge of incomplete stories and the realization that what I write may become someone else's incomplete truth.
Kate Osunde (3 days ago)
Go girl you are best advocate for Nigeria ❗️
maduro169 (3 days ago)
Wow she is good looking !!!!!!!
Gino Lopez (4 days ago)
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The African (4 days ago)
Neonapi Nation (5 days ago)
Excellent!! 🤓
Andre Small (5 days ago)
So, many of us allow the media in all facets to paint the pictures of the world for us. Explore on your own or be doomed to hold hate behind someone else's perception.
oooSoundOfLifeooo (5 days ago)
Yep! The stories she read as a kid were written by people coming from their own world, and they WROTE stories and PUBLISHED them, and the ancestors of this woman did NOT WRITE stories and could not PUBLISH them ( forget about paper, crayons, English language, inventing the microphone, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc ....). A professor as a father and an administrator asd a mother is NOT a "conventional middle class" (geez, 'class' talk again!) family in Nigeria. It's priviledged "class". And if Africa is not that place whith beautiful landscapes and animals, and people who slaughter each other on a regular basis and live in poverty, then STOP ASKING FOR MONEY ALL THE TIME!!!!!
Lillie Holmes (6 days ago)
WOW, how enjoyable to hear this young Nigerian woman speak , I am black and I understand exactly what she is saying about a single story because mainstream media put on TV a single story of AFRICA and show nothing but slums, shacks, building falling to the ground, Mud huts with tin on top and people walking bare foot...And this American government feel the same racist prejudice towards black people living in this country, I know I been hear 70 years and I haven't seen any changes.
30 to 33% of Nigerians suffer from malnutrition. The average income is less than $2.00 per day.
Mr Nobody (6 days ago)
Who is here because of FLAWLESS
Oya Qhoze (7 days ago)
Women's inability to truly innerstand how other people feel, especially men, is probably the greatest failing women have. In the past they could get away with this behavior since men were very isolated. But in this day and age, where word of their abuse can travel across the world to other men, it's causing a backlash. We're the result.
crapmario (7 days ago)
Namibia 😉
Kahewa (7 days ago)
I'm from Namibia, so @5:30 I was all like "SHOUT OUT TO NAMIBIA"! :))
crapmario (7 days ago)
same here
Modymody Piper (7 days ago)
People become brainwashed by a single story
ahmed a (8 days ago)
Now that was an awesome, powerful, clear presentation :)
A World (8 days ago)
God bless this Woman 🙌🏿🖤 I am sick of the Western lies about brown people. We are awake and we will stay awake, to till our own story's and make our own narratieves. The whitewashing of history needs to stop also!
Mastr Roshii (8 days ago)
Lena Ndapandula (9 days ago)
Am from Namibia☺
I could listen to this beautiful African women forever wow !.. I lover her great speech sister 💕😍 😍
bill Johnson (9 days ago)
IMAGINE how good ALL OUR LIVES could be IF all the whining, complaining, finger pointing, "p.o.-me".."UO-me" Utube IDIOTS learned from this wonderful clear eyed lady. Ma'am, please continue...&thank you.
Alexandra MUA (9 days ago)
Who else came here cause they had a TED project in college?
Sweetposin 322 (10 days ago)
You are beautiful ..#BB&B
Amyakanicole (10 days ago)
WONDERFUL!!! So true and inciteful! Thank you!!!!
01AMAZINGGRACE (10 days ago)
Beautiful lady and very intelligent. Great to have one of our own standing up to speak the TRUTH. Each time my daughter has a black history lesson, she comes home and I un_ do every crap they teach them. Some of the lessons end with how Rosa Parks redused to move for a white person on the bus. Thank God for her but is that all black people have achieved? Inventions after inventions and great achievements made by black people but you hardly hear it unless you are wise enough to want to learn the truth.
Ashley Hartford (11 days ago)
Only if people give Africa fair chance.
uzzyvick (11 days ago)
I'm proud she is a woman. This goes against the grain of the single story told about women's intelligence.
Ali (11 days ago)
love :3
Matheus Ndeutapo (11 days ago)
Wow!She spoke about Namibia..we love you!
Meme Mel (12 days ago)
Carstella Moore (12 days ago)
This is what I consider intelligent because she is a women who grew beyond her single mindness God bless people who can see beyond thier own selfishness.
Ann-Adeva Njambali (12 days ago)
I'm from Namibia 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦
SHUMIRAI MABASA (13 days ago)
Gosh....now l have to change my mindset...I feel so ashamed.
mickael herman (13 days ago)
Quote 'I knew nothing places like Namibia'
Daniel Ajoum (13 days ago)
she is so beautiful both in and out
Michael Heery (13 days ago)
Kenya is 150 yrs behind.
Michael Heery (13 days ago)
Pascal Bahati (14 days ago)
Single story....it is very unfortunate that most us live in the single story experiences which has deep rooted rot that everyone loves to love believing in the" single story mania"
Esther Abechi (14 days ago)
Helps in oral tradition
Trymore Mutasa (14 days ago)
We appreciate you sister
Midodzi Tay (15 days ago)
Bolutife Oyenuga (15 days ago)
As a Nigerian, this made me cry. we don't have everything but I am proud to be a NIGERIAN and tell many Nigerian stories.
Paulina Nemuno Angula (16 days ago)
Big Up's to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche... with lots of Love and Blessings from THE LAND OF THE BRAVE NAMIBIA!! Oh Yes NAMIBIA is a country and exist...
Souma Spiritus (16 days ago)
Who came here because it's for a British Literature final exam?
Rebecca Gitau (16 days ago)
This is such wisdom. Beautiful Chimamanda
Anna Julia Makonese (16 days ago)
Purple hibiscus my favorite novel by Adichie, l studied it in high school and as a teenager by that tym it was fun and moving lol esp when Kambili started to develop feelings towards men, to be specific towards the Priest,,, all the students in my class used to resight the romantic parts. Adichie you made my high school enjoyable by your Novel and l actually passed literature.
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Obada udah (18 days ago)
Ngozi go and read your bible, God have mercy on you...
harish gopalan (18 days ago)
Make this button blue NIT Trichy Gang
Cove MacDonald (18 days ago)
Incredibly moving, what an amazing woman
Leator Padmore (19 days ago)
Great woman!
Chachie Mimi (20 days ago)
The single story of Muslims, show a people as one thing over and over again and that's what they become in people eyes.
Kepha Kombiambo (20 days ago)
Thank you you 👧
Fabiola (23 days ago)
i remember watching this ted talk in my english class a couple of months ago and when she mentioned Guadalajara and her opinion about mexico i started crying because i was feeling really homesick and her words were beautiful but specially i felt her story. i’ve been in the US for almost a year and stereotypes are hurtful sometimes but it’s because they’re incomplete. i love so much this ted talk
"So that how to create a single story: show a people as one thing and only one thing , over and over again and that's what they become".... it doesn't get more relatable than this
Aly Chargualaf (26 days ago)
Gabe R (26 days ago)
Can someone tell me what does she mean by a "Single story" please
Jayash Pande (26 days ago)
Zmargo702 (27 days ago)
9:26 Need these for my essay bookmarking it for later
allil87 (27 days ago)
Great speech. Important perspective. Blessings
Annabelle Sooklal (29 days ago)
Hayden Harpe (29 days ago)
single story is racism
Enchanted Star Goddess (29 days ago)
She is so beautiful!!!
katowo Natt (1 month ago)
Nhazarr (1 month ago)
Watching this 10 years later and it’s still valid
Guilherme Soares (1 month ago)
The7531 (1 month ago)
I love this talk.
Daiane oliveira (1 month ago)
Matthew Kongor (1 month ago)
well ride on woman of substance keep soaring
Shane_ Lim_o2 (1 month ago)
Her mind is powerful
YoItsBeans (1 month ago)
who here because of english homework
Alyona Nour (1 month ago)
I love her stories. She is a real story teller.
Edwin Nyongesa (1 month ago)
Sadly, some people in the 'developed' countries believe all of us in Africa are poor, living in huts, and can't afford a warm shower. Most Nigerians, South Africans and Kenyans write and speak better English than Americans. English is our official language although we have other tribal dialects. A typical Kenyan, for instance, speaks three languages; their mother-tongue, Kiswahili and English. On the contrary, most people in Europe or the United States speak only one language. I recently heard 'foreign aid' is a lucrative business. Your own people solicit funds from you under the disguise of helping 'poor' Africans. Aren't there poor people in Europe and the United States? Poverty is an issue of social inequality. That is exactly the danger of a single story.
Cool Ranch (1 month ago)
We all mean good, now do we do it? You can be greater than you are by what you do. Can you for just a little while let go of everything with the promise of getting everything.
Cool Ranch (1 month ago)
If you are a leader you have a duty not to lead your followers off a cliff, or in a pit, or to a dungeon.
Pseudonyme (1 month ago)
Descartes, Bac 2019
Tracey Rivers (1 month ago)
you can become very confused by a single story if you only pay attention to the parts of the story that tells things over and over again. a single tory is only good when it is complete.
Christian Miranda (1 month ago)
Not gonna lie, on the verge of tears after hearing this.
brandon lee (1 month ago)
Came here from Congratulations video
diana zuwena (1 month ago)
Now this is what we call an intelligent woman. Proud!
Lon Gauldin (1 month ago)
What a way to tell a story!
innocent kazimbe (1 month ago)
Single story for any place is dividing and can destroy the moral fiber of any society Chimamanda Ngozi, you are my ambassador as an african to change amd vehiculate the other side of the untold story of africa
innocent kazimbe (1 month ago)
Very powerful message It remind me of what most africans immigrant from subsaharian africa are subjected to in south africa, xenophobia They are accused of stealing jobs, stealing women even if they are legally in the country with work permit sometime Yes some are legally in the country, others are non documented , some are scientist, professors, doctors, phd students. Others are Gardner, car guards, security guards , waiters , domestic workers and so fourth But all are subjected to the barbaric violence of illiterate mob The motive leave south africa so that we get our job bac and our women back Thats not the case of the asians or the european in soutb africa The danger of the single story
Jimmy Peter (1 month ago)
The world is really dynamic! Draconian feminine perception should be completely made obsolete in African societies and consequently be replaced by Ngozi Adichie's intellectual feminine theories! What an inspiring speech.
hilyfe01 (1 month ago)
Shes gorgeous
customic (1 month ago)
I think it's one of the most inspiring and moving TED talk ever.
Gilbert Davie (1 month ago)
can i get a summary?
Esin Dirik (1 month ago)
Franz Fanon talks about this issue exactly in this way in his book "Black Skin White Masks".

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