Creating people's geographies
An excellent talk by Chimamanda Adichie on the dangers of a single story on how we view the world … and ourselves. It also speaks to the power of storytelling and the importance of people telling their own stories, rather than having their narratives written for them as has happened in colonialism. As we become more aware of the power of narrative and of authoring our own wor(l)ds, we may head towards a situation of creative multiplicity where, in John Berger’s words, “Never again will a single story be told as if it is the only one.” For a wonderful related piece see Binyavanga Wainaina’s How to write about Africa.
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