Stories are our gateway to different worlds. Stories teach us, make us laugh, cry, and transport us to a different time and place but what happens when all we know of that person or place is a single story? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie examines the idea of a single story in this TED talk and how we can stunt our growth by not looking at the bigger picture. This is one of my favourite TED talks because it illustrates how easily we make judgements with little to no information and is a beautiful reminder that we only know a fraction of anyone’s story.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades.