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Daily Archives: December 14, 2015

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The title of this post is a woman’s name… 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Image Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Back in September of 2011, I wrote about her in the post, The Danger of A Single Story.

Here are a few excerpts:

“One story, about anything, can be extremely dangerous.”

“Most novels relate their theme from many characters’ perspectives—many stories.”

“Most news media cling to Single Stories.”

“What’s the danger?”

“If the Single Story is believed, there may follow certain prejudices or biases.”

I hope that sequence of sentences will peak your interest enough to help you take the link to The Danger of A Single Story and watch the video there.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a remarkable storyteller and author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003),  Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013).

However, stories move forward and so will this blog post—toward an article in Publishing Perspectives called Adichie’s Feminism Essay Given to Every 16-Year-Old in Sweden.

Of course, “Adichie” is the last name of the woman to whom I gave the title of this post

And, the essay mentioned might be considered an attempt to get beyond the Single Story of “Human Rights”

A quote from Chimamanda:

“Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest… Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general — but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded.”

To read the essay, put the title “We Should All Be Feminists” into the search box of your country’s version of Amazon—the USA has it for $6.39 in paperback and $1.99 as a Kindle Single

Here is the TED Talk that led to the published essay:

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