Krystal Pen

Fiction, Poetry and everything Literary. Every voice should be heard.

Why we love Chimamanda’s TED talk

Humans are complex and so it is grossly inappropriate, demeaning and severely criminal to tell a single story about a man. 

Tell a single negative story about a man and I would be skeptical if you won’t be one day described as a man who lived by the sword. 

Now read excerpts from Chimamanda’s TED talk about the dangers of a single story:

My roommate had a single story of Africa- a single story of catastrophe………                                         So that is how to create a single; show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become……………                                     It is impossible to talk about a single story without talking about power……..   Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person…….     The problem with stereotypes in not that they are untrue, but they are incomplete; they make one story become the only story. 

You see, stories are powerful, but negative stories are more powerful. 

But the real danger is the after-effect. Tell a negative single story about a man who is mentally weak and he slump like a vegetable about to be entered into a meal. 

So that reminds us of our lady from Jericho- RAHAB: she was a good woman. She was a harlot. She knew about the God of the Israelites. She was also an intercessor. And she was many other things. But she was not only a harlot. 

Read more from the Adichie’s TED talk.        

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