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.
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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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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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
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.
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
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
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.
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As a child, there was a portrait in our family home in Paris that I always loved. Today, it’s known as Maya with Doll – but to me it was just a portrait of my mother, albeit a remarkable one. “Your grandfather was a painter,” she would say, whenever the subject of the canvas, one of many that hung around the house, came up in discussion. It was only when I began school, and whispers about my heritage started to follow me, that I realised what an understatement that was. My grandfather was far more than a painter. He was the defining figure of 20th-century art – and, as I would learn later from years of academic study, a true genius. It was a revelation that would shape the course of my life in many ways. When Picasso died – in 1973, the year before I was born – he left behind 45,000 works, not to mention personal objects and correspondence.