Chimamanda Adichie's The Danger Of A Single Story

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Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talk on “The Danger of a Single Story” argues that Western culture creates a mythology surrounding Africa as a starkly different place than Western culture, an idea which Chinua Achebe echoes in his essay, “An Image of Africa,” in order to endorse the need for multiple stories to combat stereotypes. For example, Adichie mentions how her American roommate in college was astonished to learn that Adichie spoke English very well and that she knew how to operate a stove. In pointing this out, Adichie reveals the construction of the narrative of certain expectations of what it means to be African, which the roommate implies to mean a lack of knowledge of operating a stove and to not be able to speak English. The roommate
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