Chimamanda Adichie: Dangers of a Single Story
Ever since I listened to Chimamanda's Dangers of a Single Story, I have mentioned and referred to it several times. I refer to it any time people try to stereotype others; anytime people try to define others using lexical and imagistic clichés. However, due to the recent upsurge in negative reportage from mainstream media, such as CNN - which are suppose to know best - and smaller outlets like motherboard, I think it is high time I posted it here on my blog, rather than referring people to it, which I am not certain they would actually open it. Some colleague bloggers, Obed Sarpong and Edward Tagoe, have responded to this reportage. The story has several inaccuracies but these had already been pointed out by these two bloggers. I would want to tackle the mere idea of leaving ones country with a prejudiced mind to have confirmed what one has heard and seen much too often on the news and in the newspapers. To do this, I would kindly employ, at least virtually, the author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck, Chimamanda Adichie to do it for me as I can hardly say it any better. Kindly listen to this and if you have already listened to this, you can listen again.