10 TED Talks To Watch Before You Travel To Africa. No. 1: The Danger Of A Single Story

By Staff Published: February 15, 2017, 8:00 am
TED Talks To Watch Before You Travel To AfricaChimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Photo: chimamanda.com

10 TED talks to watch before you travel to Africa

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells a TED audience how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if you hear only a single story about another person or country, you risk epic misunderstanding. All she knew about Fide, a worker in her parents’ home, was how poor he was. When she visited his village, she saw a basket his brother had made. “It had not occurred to me that anybody in his family could actually make something,” she said. “All I had heard about them was how poor they were, so that it had become impossible for me to see them as anything else but poor. Their poverty was my single story of them.” This powerful talk will challenge you to reconsider the stories you hear and tell about Africa.

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