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The danger of a single story

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Chimamanda is a well-known historian and author

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She started reading at the age of two

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In most of the books she wrote she described the climate.

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When she came across African books she went through a mental shift in her literature perception.

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African writers unveiled a whole new world.

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It was the norm in middle class families to have a butler

at home who came from nearby rural villages.

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When she visited Fide's family his mother showed her a beautifully patterned basket made of dyed raffia that made her feel astonished and ashamed.

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At University she used to play her tribal music to her roommate.

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She was quite pissed off by an announcement at the airport referring Africa as a country.

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People in America, and herself, think that Africa is a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals, and incomprehensible people, fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind, white foreigner.

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John Locke sailed to west Africa in 1661 and kept a fascinating account of his voyage.

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J. Locke described Africa as a place of negatives, of difference, of darkness, of people who, in his own words, are "half devil, half child."

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She had a professor who told her that an educated and middle-class man who drives cars and is not starving is not authentically African.

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When she visited Mexico from the U.S. The political

climate was strained.

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Mexicans were fleecing the healthcare system, sneaking

across the border, and consequently being arrested.

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She referred to the Mexicans as the pitiful immigrant.

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Igbo language is one of the many languages

spoken in Nigeria.

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It is such a shame that Nigerian men are physical abusers

like the father character she describes in her novel.

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She explained the diet she would eat, as was the norm,

in her childhood.

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The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

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The Nigerian educational system is to be blamed for

the unemployment rate in Nigeria.

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The cinema of Nigeria grew quickly to become the second largest film industry in the world in terms of number of annual film productions, placing it ahead of the

United States and behind the Indian film industry.

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Farafina Trust is a non-profit organization established to promote reading, writing, and a culture of social introspection and engagement through the literary arts.

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She believes that development is not possible without a coherent understanding of the dynamics of our societies.

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