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   Monday, January 18, 2021 

Vote for your Country in the Battle of the Islands! The Danger of a Single Story

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By Chimamanda Adichie

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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.

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 About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     

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.

In Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun has helped inspire new, cross-generational communication about the Biafran war. In this and in her other works, she seeks to instill dignity into the finest details of each character, whether poor, middle class or rich, exposing along the way the deep scars of colonialism in the African landscape.

Adichie's newest book, The Thing Around Your Neck, is a brilliant collection of stories about Nigerians struggling to cope with a corrupted context in their home country, and about the Nigerian immigrant experience.

Adichie builds on the literary tradition of Igbo literary giant Chinua Achebe—and when she found out that Achebe liked Half of a Yellow Sun, she says she cried for a whole day. What he said about her rings true: “We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.”

"When she turned 10 and read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, about the clash between Igbo tradition and the British colonial way of life, everything changed: ‘I realized that people who looked like me could live in books.’ She has been writing about Africa ever since."
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    Citizen Eve says:

     ... stories ... stories ... stories ... stories ... stories ... stories ... 

    Posted on 16 Oct 2010 at 5:25am | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

     ... helloooooooooooooooooooooooo ... stories to share anyone .... am all ears

    Posted on 13 June 2010 at 10:40pm | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

    Which is your favorite Psalm Sandy?
    I used to like Psalm 92 ... My grandmother made it mine in a dream of hers when I was a child ... and she insisted I read it at bedtime and on risising in the morning ... now I can recite with little thought ... Psalm 23 was her favorite ... haven't thought of this in decades ... thanks for bringing to mind a good memory Sandy ...

    Posted on 13 Feb 2010 at 11:22am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    I read the Psalms or scripture verses out loud.

    Posted on 12 Feb 2010 at 6:35am | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

    Better yet is having someone read to you Roggy ... mamamia ... quite nice actually ... especially on a date ... Wink ... Big%20smile

    Posted on 12 Feb 2010 at 1:20am | View Post in Forum

    vutjebal says:

    I will finish seeing the video when I get back home...on my puter

    Posted on 11 Feb 2010 at 8:45am | View Post in Forum

    vutjebal says:

    I have heard about her....but I dont like to read books...but she will convince me  to start  ready her books....because I always ..worried about Africa....And wish someday to win one million and bring the half to myself.(Dream)

    Posted on 11 Feb 2010 at 8:44am | View Post in Forum

    Rogerka says:

    I am used to (if not singing), at least moving my lips to lyrics of the song.

    since I read mostly in public transport, I can't read out loud. but when I am alone in my room, I should try it.
    Posted on 11 Feb 2010 at 7:40am | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

    You never read out loud Sandy ... I do all the time, its like am hearing it twice and I have better recall ... especially if its prose or poetry ... am seduced by words ... an aphrodisiac for me ... 

    Posted on 10 Feb 2010 at 11:16pm | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    CE, I don't read out loud and I ain't got no action.

    Posted on 10 Feb 2010 at 3:12pm | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

    So V ... what did you think ... did you have a chance to view the video ... I imagined Sandy reading out loud with action ... Big%20smile

    Posted on 09 Feb 2010 at 12:55am | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

    I can only imagine Roggy ... LOL ... even mine is quite interesting ... with a Caribbean and Canadian twist and in anger a whole other form ... Wink ... LOLLOL

    Posted on 20 Jan 2010 at 10:06am | View Post in Forum

    Rogerka says:

    we were learning the queen's english at school but you know, with slovak accent

    Posted on 20 Jan 2010 at 9:15am | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

    The author is Nigerian but lives in US ... thought there was only one english ... the queen's ... Wink ... 

    Edited by Citizen Eve - 19 Jan 2010 at 12:11pm

    Posted on 19 Jan 2010 at 12:10pm | View Post in Forum

    Rogerka says:

    I like her English because I can understand almost every single word only by listening - and that's not automatic for me. Do you know, which accent or style of English it is?

    Posted on 19 Jan 2010 at 5:47am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    I will, but later. I have to see this video after reading the author.

    Posted on 16 Jan 2010 at 10:36am | View Post in Forum

    Scott says:

    Try it at home.  Work may be blocking video for some reason.

    Posted on 15 Jan 2010 at 5:16pm | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:


    Posted on 15 Jan 2010 at 8:39am | View Post in Forum

    Rogerka says:

    this is very good work, I admire her. I love those thoughts and I can say I was taught to them and that's why I live by them. 5 stars and nodding my head

    Posted on 15 Jan 2010 at 6:03am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    Okay. I think I might be able to see it on my home puter. I only tried at work.

    Posted on 15 Jan 2010 at 5:55am | View Post in Forum

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