Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

I am currently reading The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Needless to say, I'm enjoying it very much. Everything that this young Ningerian novelist writes is a blessing.

As a quick snack, I would like to share this video with you. Adichie speaks about the danger of falling into stereotypes if you have only one story as reference.

By the way, Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie has been chosen for this month's
Guardian book club and there is a beautiful article by John Mullan, the man behind this book club, about the crossing of Igbo and English in the novel. Make sure you click on the links provided!


  1. thanks for this. it made my day. this lady is a great speaker and she can really talk beautifully. I just enjoy listening to her.

  2. Stephania, I saw your comments on Nana's blog too. I'm glad to know now where your blog is. Really looking forward to checking it out further.
    I'm so excited to know you are in Treviso. My husband and I were married in Italy (in Certaldo, close to Florence) and we honeymooned in Venice.
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Looking forward to chatting more with you about books.

  3. And I just viewed the video you have posted and it is wonderful. I am going to look for the website to see if I can put it on my site as well. I will link back to you too.
    I am so inspired by her idea of the limitations inherent in a single story. Thanks so much for posting this.

  4. @Nana: yes, she's a great speaker and an excellent writer. She has a long career ahead of her.

    @Trixie: Yes, I'm in Treviso and I went to university in Venice. I'm also very excited that you know the place where I come from!
    I'm happy that Adichie was an inspiration to you and thanks for linking me in your blog.