The Danger in One Story

October 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

“If I had not grown up in Nigeria, and if all I knew about Africa were from popular images, I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals and incomprehensible people, fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind, white foreigner.”

– Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This frustration with the single-sided portrayal of Africa has been voiced before, and before. But here it is again. And yes, I think we need to hear it again.

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