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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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G Ibrahim (10 hours ago)
I absolutely loved this. And her.
Amidou Badiane (13 hours ago)
Joe Salamone (1 day ago)
Love her! My Role Model!!
nahir lopez (1 day ago)
5:56 to 6:28. i just love her.
Anli Qi (1 day ago)
When she says something funny nobody reacts.
F I (1 day ago)
One of the best TED Talks I’ve ever listened to. Very evocative and thought-provoking
josie abby (1 day ago)
wow, just wow. could listen to her and what she has to say forever. definitely gonna read her book!
Tim Goodrich (4 days ago)
She is in America giving a lecture in a heavy accent, about our culture? Well sweetie, why are you here? Go somewhere else and cry about your inequality.
Pokemon Ash (4 days ago)
I was sooooo late to hear this wonderful speech, if I could see her it would be wonderful
Mojache (6 days ago)
her accent is amaazing i just finished reading purple hibiscus. it was soo good
Medjison Thelus (7 days ago)
watching this at f*cking night school
Tania Pennetti (8 days ago)
Left me nodding in agreement...paradise sounds better. Bravo!
Karen Koutsoumbaris (8 days ago)
You are amazing and I love your books 📚
Hannah JNope (9 days ago)
Wow inspirational!! Thank you very much
amy laker (9 days ago)
Wow this gave me hope and has taught me alot of things of how i hear and precieve stories
prettybrowneyesqq (10 days ago)
This is a beautiful woman who is an incredible speaker. I was assigned this video for a paper last yr for a college Psych class. The message here is so true and she explains it wonderfully. How easy it is for ppl to believe something as truth just because its the story theyve always been fed. Im glad to see comments by some in Jr High school & High school saying this was a required assignment. If more people at younger ages hear this message perhaps the future generations will have more open minds than what some of us older generations have experienced.
Matari Sambia (11 days ago)
** I am so proud of you young sister.**
Jitendra. Thacker. (11 days ago)
Brilliant video. Well articulated.
Saritha Satheesan (11 days ago)
I'm from India ,Kerala I like it Thank you for giving this message THE DANGER OF SINGLE STORY
JEbLC (11 days ago)
i'm zambian and honeslty nollywood is what many kids grew up on in my days..
JEbLC (11 days ago)
you can take chimamanda out of nigeria, but you can't take nigerian accent out of chimamanda..
Thoriso Molefe (12 days ago)
"Nolywood ... despite technical odds". That reminds me of a gunshot that sounded like a toddler slapping someone😂😂😂.
Thoriso Molefe (12 days ago)
"Africa,India and other countries". I go die o! 😂😂😂😂😂
ewere oyeze (12 days ago)
This makes sense, I love this. I respect this. Can you please, not concern yourself with feminism, you fail there.
Hudson Shilalia (12 days ago)
Chimamanda,I want to grow up and make Africa proud like you.Iam swelling with pride right now,oui oui keep suis Africain
Eguolo Anita Etefe (13 days ago)
I love this woman!!! 👏👏👏
MrQaaciye (13 days ago)
Great writer, even better speaker! As a Somali native I remembered when school classmates in Ohio asked if I was involved in piracy and made captain jokes from Captain Philips.
Kobie Smith (14 days ago)
African immigrants to America need to listen to this lecture before forming their opinion about the Black-American community as a whole. Too often, a single story (lazy akatas, uneducated, ghetto, violent, criminal, etc) of our condition becomes our ONLY story and the totality of 45,000,000 people.
It's a pretty huge demand for anyone to tell the complete story of anything and no matter how hard one may try, the most trivial omission may have the most damaging consequences.
Laura chera (15 days ago)
WapajeaWalksOnWater (15 days ago)
She is the bomb.com, I absolutely love her.
Declan-Kayode Keegan (16 days ago)
I have the highest admiration of her. As a fellow Nigerian who has almost exactly similar background to her, who now lives in the UK, I absolutely understand what she's saying.
Otis The Cow (17 days ago)
Anyone else here because of AP human geography homework ? 👀
Matilda reid (19 days ago)
I love this. Thank you!
Emily Knight (20 days ago)
Hands down, best TED Talk ever. She is an amazing speaker.
Optyc Illusion (21 days ago)
ENG 170 Madeleine Dickinson Today's media commonly portrays the single story in regards to opposing sides of political dialog. It is often used as a strategy to demonize certain sects of people that others will know little about- be it immigration or poverty or the hot seat marijuana issue. You hear one story of each of these things- they'll steal american jobs, they are uneducated, or it will prompt you to take harder drugs.
Ginger Cooks (21 days ago)
What if your roommate knew that the first successful heart transplant was done in South Africa, Cape Town.
Brianna Steele (22 days ago)
ENGL 170 Brianna Steele The "single story" refers to how easily persuaded someone may be about specific stories and things. For example she talks about writing about ginger beer even though she had never tasted it before. The concept of the "single story" is found largely in media today. The media is able to twist stories to make people believe certain things about other people, ideas, or countries. Due to the large use of media information like this can spread like wildfire and soon everyone is persuaded that something will happen/happened a specific way. Because one side of the story is all we may hear the information is morphed into a completely different story. Personally, I think the idea of a "single story" is interesting. It was interesting to hear how someone can be so easily affected by this just based on what they see and hear.
UGO AWA (22 days ago)
A single story she may have left out is the rancorous way foreigners see and address an ambitious set of Africans from Nigeria, who feel unbearably chocked by a lack of an adequate base at home to showcase their class and hence have to abscond to foreign lands.. We mean no harm. We want the same things u want which is to excel in a world were humans would literarily someday be able to board a shuttle to Mars with ease. (Smiles)
Best Rock Singer (22 days ago)
This woman is an amazing
Best Rock Singer (22 days ago)
Simply *The Best* Articulated Truth
Best Rock Singer (22 days ago)
Excellent Speech
AndrewTheinfowarror (23 days ago)
nshs gang
acajudi100 (23 days ago)
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K H (24 days ago)
I remember watching clips of this in high school!! The love and nostalgia I had back then for this speech has never left me, even now
Rotem Nimtsovich (25 days ago)
What’s the name of the book she is talking about?
acajudi100 (26 days ago)
Much respect, Thank you. Many Africans coming to the USA have been super nasty in their hatred for brown Americans. I did not raise our.Daughter to try and NOT disrespect people as a guest of their country, or your own. I also read Baldwin, etc.
ringo ai (27 days ago)
自分用です。失礼します。 3:00
Nalubega Harriet (28 days ago)
So much inspiring,I love your story tales.
CC R0ckphiLLy (29 days ago)
She is stunningly beautiful
Selvaprakas Prakas (29 days ago)
Wonderful speach
langston terry (30 days ago)
This was great
sphamandla mashalaba (1 month ago)
Adnan Mk (1 month ago)
I am from India and studying in10 ,we have this speech to study. In our English text book
Brenell Hornsby (1 month ago)
Her presence and extraordiinary beauty are unreal!
Brenell Hornsby (1 month ago)
Her visit to Mexico revealed issues that have not changed one little bit from those issues of today! This world is insane!
Judy Frishman (1 month ago)
Dutchsinse earthquake
Okot Ray (1 month ago)
The grand daughter of the late Prof Chinua Achebe, right? Great then.
Randi Ewain (1 month ago)
We had to listen to this in English class, funny enough and we had to spend about a month on it followed by an essay on it and what it actually means which definitely opened my eyes
Eric Liu (1 month ago)
FORD LONGRUN (1 month ago)
I Love Drawing (1 month ago)
Wow I actually liked this ted talk although it was my 10 th Grade english homework.
Kurtlane (1 month ago)
So why are we in the West endlessly told that all Western civilization ever did was evil, that Israel is an apartheid-fascist-oppressive-occupationist-supremacist-evil state (I've been there, so I saw how much it is a lie), that white males are losers, that people from Mexico and other continents (joke) are all absolutely wonderful, that every Western country is run by racists, etc. etc.? Why do we have on college campuses every sort of diversity except the diversity of views and opinions and stories, and anyone who says anything different will be at best demonized and at worst unemployable for life? She too is not innocent here. She too is questioning only what is PC to question, carefully avoiding anything that will make her leftist / liberal audiences uncomfortable. She says exactly what the audience expects, so she reaps the adulation. This is an echo chamber. This is how "Great Leaders" are made. This is how Hitler and Stalin rose. Yes, a single story is dangerous. Especially when It's false. There should be many stories. Not just one leftist narrative.
7DStripe (1 month ago)
This speech is beyond Excellent, it's quite captivating. Just beautiful
Tareq Shahwan (1 month ago)
She is a great and raises important points that warrant reflection and discussion!
lovette nwaorgu (1 month ago)
Wow! Nigerians are really great
Dev deal (1 month ago)
My professor said to write on the best talk I have ever heard..,this classic topped my list!! Chimamanda makes me proud everyday!!
Rodrigo Aceves (1 month ago)
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Sennette Gaoses (1 month ago)
I don't know how many times I've watched this, still I find it very inspiring every time ❤❤❤.
Mysterion Mysterion (1 month ago)
Grandest speech and wow, great role model! That was awesome!
lucy i (1 month ago)
This is my second year being assigned this video (high school), and I would watch it over and over
Rebecca Tang (1 month ago)
I am the only thirteen year old in my school who loves TED talks. I have two big tests tomorrow and I am back, watching this talk to relieve stress. I can't even begin to explain how much I appreciate these talks from these wonderful people. I wish more kids my age loved these talks as much as i do.
Black Heart (1 month ago)
why does everybody keep flattering her
Sk.Rakibul Haque (1 month ago)
The greatest TED Speech I have ever heard...
Quincy Brown (1 month ago)
I really loved this. I'm sorry to say that I had been enveloped by the single story. Before this, I viewed Africa as a continent very differently. I hope to keep learning and not get trapped in the single story. I want to here others stories too.
Sweaty Noodle (1 month ago)
Is Africa real? I've have never seen a black person.
Trong head pikin (13 days ago)
U serious?
Rashmika Likes Books (1 month ago)
People don't know about Nollywood? You guys are missing out.
Murad S (1 month ago)
Excellent speech by a wonderful person. These advices are rich factors that the whole world should embrace and take into consideration for the future of our lives and the world.
ruth j (1 month ago)
How can anyone press dislike to this video? Are they just racists who do not want to see the truth in people?
Okere, Nina (1 month ago)
One of the most interesting homework assignments I've had in a while.
Devadevan Sunilkumar (1 month ago)
Anyone who in 10th class hearing it ? Just like if
DUNIDA (1 month ago)
i m the only one who came here to learn English with chimamanda
Christopher Stube (1 month ago)
Glamourous chocolate lady, lethally sharp intellect, excellent story. Don't apologize for American Psycho, we have lots of them.
Brian Ted (1 month ago)
Wow she was nervous here, you can here it in her voice and breathing
Dr. Sharon Johnson (1 month ago)
As a speaker for over 20 years, I have many many friends in Nigeria, however, this speaker is one of the most profound speakers I have heard. Power story about the single story.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PH5rEsHIVc
Ashif Maheen (1 month ago)
Supper speech my dear
DakotaCelt1 (1 month ago)
This is still a powerful speech in 2018.
I loved that story{so imotional
Ian Michalski (1 month ago)
ur mom
Henry Schroeder (1 month ago)
whos watching this on setember 20 2018
kris bentley (1 month ago)
Wonderful insights - what she says about the dominant stories that are in our minds transfers to so many parts of our lives.
zy s (1 month ago)
Any Lutheran high school students here?
Tulio Freire (1 month ago)
simply amazing
Guy Fucks1990 (1 month ago)
Some quality ASMR right here
Tochi Anuonyemere (1 month ago)
Naija Wave
Happy Obanor (1 month ago)
She is just ❤️❤️❤️ Nigerians are very creative and inventive people. I am proud to have Nigerian blood flowing through my veins...
Kaizer Cuambe (1 month ago)
I once commented on @Wiz Khalifas post where by I suggested him not to tell his son that poverty it is in Africa only...A Kid so smart and was being told that he needs to put unwanted TOYS and clothes away to be sent to Africa...what kind of mindset that this kid will have when seeing and African person
Jason Savage (2 months ago)
I love her message !
Black Sheep (2 months ago)
Any body from cab civ class wcj ???

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