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"The Danger of the Single Story"

January 11, 2017 2 min read

Most recently my favorite book has been Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you're part of the African diaspora this book is for you. Also if you're a human being this book is for you! Adichie's storytelling is vivid and laugh out loud funny. The characters are so real, I can almost see and hear them. I am some of them, and I know the rest of them.

I was introduced Adichie through a post of a Ted Talk circulating on Facebook. Yes, I am happy to say social media is the source of nearly all my information. She discussed the danger of the single story. I watched, rapt. Now that I think of it, that talk probably has a lot on influence on both Kayarize's Instagram page and this blog, where I focus my attention on beautifully ordinary things related to Africa. Since I watched that talk I have gobbled up anything I could find on YouTube with Adichie; talks, interviews, commencement addresses, news appearances. She delivers every time. I have enjoyed how people around the world love and see themselves in her characters the same way that I have done.

I have come to regard her as one of the greatest thinkers of our time. I have only read the one book but from what I have heard the rest are pretty damn fantastic.

Excuse me while I allow myself to get sucked into the vortex again. I have just gone on YouTube to watch the The Danger of a Single Story again, and the good old Autoplay has queued me up a treat.

Before you go, what is your favorite book?


Nadine Taylor




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