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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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 .
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.🤷🏽♀️
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
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..
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
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.
+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.
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 🤨🤔...
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.
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.
She's a good person, not omniscient. She's wise because of her experiences, and the whole point is that it's easy to buy into the single story. Not that anyone who buys into the single story is racist.
So smart, so eloquent, so intelligent, so cultured and yet so humble. A beautiful woman both inside and outside doing what she does best: Telling stories. There's never one truth, and truth is a matter of view. Love from Brazil. Thanks for the insight (and good humour).
No, it’s not an evil terrible place. TED is a platform for divisive, whiny, snowflakes like yourselves. America is awesome, even with institutionally racist programs like, affirmative action. Can you post a link to an Asian immigrant in America with a chip on their shoulder like this liberal arts SJW? I’ll stand by...........
People like you are the reason why amerikkka is an evil terrible place. The torment you feel when a beautiful intelligent African woman clearly elucidates the sheer stupidity of ignorant hateful ameriKKKans!!
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.