Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Single stories??

Chimamanda was an early reader and writer. She started to read at the age of 2 and began writing in the age of 7. At that time, she was given American and british books to read and she was very much influenced by them. Her characters were all white, lived where it snowed, ate apples and were typical americans/britishers. But the truth was, where she lived, none of this was true. In this video, she explains how vulnerable we are when it comes to books and we directly copy the ideas of what you read. In er case it was american books. She was overwhelmed and shocked when she saw the african books and read them. She realized that people like her could be characters and they could exist. She then quickly diverted away from the idea of 'single stories'. The idea of looking things from one perspective no matter how wrong it was. The african books saved her from the 'single story' of what she thought was books. She related many other 'single story' incident in her lives about the thoughts of her roommate, the houseboy she had in Nigeria etc. Her  main aim in this story was to tell how wrong single stories were and how they could mislead someone completely.


  • The idea of single stories
  • What society thinks about one perspective
  • The false assumptions single stories can lead you to
  • There were no connections of equality
  • To look at one point of view/perspective is wrong. A healthy story should have different point of views in order to be balanced.
  • The idea about stories being dependent on power
  • The fact that single stories make a story incomplete
  • One assumption of view of a person can make many people relate it and therefore mislead their path

I think the main aim of this talk was to depict the fact that single stories are a bad influence and only look at one perspective. They related it to a Nigerian woman's life/experience to show what society relates from single stories. They show people one thing over and over again and we must overlook the idea and write from different perspectives.

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