As a fairly new blogger (I wonder how long I can use that!), I sometimes find it difficult to decide what to post here. There’s a lot of information out there! In any case, Chimamanda Adichie’s amazing talk at the TEDGlobal 2009 conference held in Oxford, UK is one of those pieces of information that I imagine everyone who has any interest in African writers must have seen or heard about somewhere.  But then again, maybe not.  Is it not my passion and intent to share information on this blog? And isn’t she one of my favorite novelists?
Well. Enough of my musing.  Let’s get right to it.

adichie-TEDChimamanda gave a talk at TEDGlobal.  I was inspired. I didn’t know much about TED so I feel the need to say a little about it here. TED presents “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” That was all the hook I needed. I’ve already spent a fair amount of time there, riveted.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. One of their conferences, TEDGlobal is now held annually in Oxford. The themes of the global conference are slightly more international in nature.

About this talk
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. The danger of a single story.

For a little twist, columnist John Iteshi  does not agree with her views in this speech.

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