The Dangers of the Single Story: Chimamanda Adichie

This was one of the issues I started off my grade 8 year with: the single story.  To summarize, when you don’t tell your own story, you a) allow other people to tell it for you, or b) don’t get it told at all.

We  talked about “HIStory” and the lack of a “HERstory”, and how the winners, or those in power often get to write history. I think it’s a valuable video for getting students to feel empowered and to take action.  For example, if you don’t vote, then you allow others to decide your future for you.

Also, in writing, it reminds students to write from their own personal experience.

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.

Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of diasporan literature.



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