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The Danger of a Single Story Ted Talk”Audi altera partem” may not mean that much to you, but it is the basis of equity and almost any justice system in the world. Translated from Latin, it means: “let the other side be heard as well.” Many times, over and over again – adds Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her 2009 TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story.”

About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer, one of the most acclaimed voices of her generation. She has written three novels – “Purple Hibiscus”, “Half of a Yellow Sun”, and “Americanah” – a short story collection – “The Thing Around Your Neckand an acclaimed book-length and TED Talk-based essay – “We Should All Be Feminists.

“The Danger of a Single Story Ted Talk

Back in 1561, a London merchant by a name made famous two centuries later on, John Locke, visited Africa and wrote down that its black people are “beasts who have no houses.”

And he went on: “They are also people with-out heads, having their mouths and eyes in their breasts.”

In the opinion of contemporary Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this is when it all started: the African single story.

Unfortunately, all of us know it, and very few of us would ever have the opportunity to expand upon it.

The problem is that, nowadays, as opposed to 1560s, the world is globalized, and there are people who are really affected by this story.

Namely, the ones who live in Africa, have houses, and mouths and eyes on their heads.

Or, in other words, the Africans.

It’s sad to think about it: even in the 21st century, many people have a very stereotyped vision of what it means to be African.

Even if color blind, they aren’t color brave. Or, in other words: racism is only a part of the problem; pitying Africans for what they are – is the rest of it.

Adichie, now an awarded novelist, faced this second type of problem when she went to a U.S. University.

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