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.
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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.
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