Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Perfectly Explains Why We Need Diverse, Complex Media Representation

Think back on the stories you’ve heard about Africa. How similar are they?

Chances are, most of them involve the same basic elements: starvation, lack of modern technology, war. And while these elements may be true for some people in some parts of the continent of Africa, we’re doing a disservice to the world in assuming that this is the only African story.

Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explain more about why complex media representation matters.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer. She is the author of three novels (Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah) and a short story collection (The Thing around Your Neck). She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008). Visit her website for more updates on her work.