Nigerian Novelist on Why We Need All Our Stories

photo Chimamanda AdichieChimamanda Adichie, Nigerian novelist, makes a dramatic argument on the danger of a single story. This is worth 18 minutes of your time! I’ve watched it three times.

She argues that when we think we know someone’s story, we limit them. When we try to make our lives fit some story, we limit ourselves. We need all our stories. We need to tell them, listen to them, search and preserve them.

Chimamanda Adichie was born in Nigerian in 1977. Her novels are Purple Hibiscus and Half a Yellow Moon.



Filed under Family Stories, History, Old Storytelling Traditions, Personal Narrative, stories, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Why Stories?

2 responses to “Nigerian Novelist on Why We Need All Our Stories

  1. Adichie’s point about the importance of not limiting our experience of someone or something by a single story is a good one. Thanks for bringing this TED link to our attention, Jerrie.

  2. I loved this video–she’s such a warm speaker and her points certainly made sense to me. Thanks for the tip!

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