“At about the age of seven … I wrote exactly the kinds of stories I was reading: All my characters were white and blue-eyed, they played in the snow, they ate apples, and they talked a lot about the weather: how lovely it was that the sun had come out. This despite the fact that I lived in Nigeria; we didn’t have snow, we ate mangoes, and we never talked about the weather, because there was no need to.”
These are the words of Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie as she presents at Ted Speaks about growing up and reading stories written by American and Britain authors who portrayed stories about life through their eyes — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story,” says Adichie. However, Adichie also discovered African writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye that gave her hope and libration and realizing that there are young girls like herself with similar skin, hair and characteristics who also exist in literature
Adichie’s presentation highly demonstats the importance of story and how it be used to empower and to humanize. Check out Adichie’s prentation below.