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Enduring the single story

News Summed Up 2018-04-14 05:30:00

Living in the UK, occasionally, I find myself having to entertain or grimace through the most tone-deaf conversations amongst the ‘oyinbo’. The problem was I had no traditional Nigerian attire in the theme colours of the funeral, purple, white and silver. The white saviour so attuned to the poverty of the masses fails to see the wealth of an increasingly growing middle class. It is often after these tiresome conversations, I feel like sharing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s wise words from One of the most popular TED talks, “The Danger of a Single Story.”“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity.


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