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viernes, 24 de mayo de 2013

MY FIFTH ENTRY: An Interesting Woman

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I had never heard about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie till this moment, and I have to admit that it caused me a great surprise. In other words, I really felt amazing of her experience of life .

Not only the video about the danger of a single story, but also her words at te Commonwealth are a demonstration of a sensitive woman, who warns us about the danger of hearing only one story about one person or country. She uses her experience of life to make us understand that stereotypes are a wrong way to know a culture.

 She was born in Nigeria in 1977. She wrote three novels: Purple Hibiscus(2003),Half of a Yellow Sun(2006), and Americanah (2013)

If you want to know more about her, these directions can help you.

Her blog:
Her website:
Her facebook:
  .Her twitter:

She should be proud of her production, since she has been translated into 30 languages and as if it was not enough, her novels won The Commonwealth Writer´s Prize and The Orange Prize among others.

 I desire you know some of her quotes:

"There are some things that are also unforgivable that they make other things forgivable",

"I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there",

"The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not only that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete and they mak e one story to become the only story".

There are some covers of her books:

It is also very interesting her conference about the Afican women and marriage, where she affirms that the african woman is more than merely an object but an individual with her own desires. She also says , among other things,that she wants that people would be undefeatable in school, at work and in marriage.

Her videos:

I have chosen a video in which she talks with Jon Snou about her book Americanah. She says that she likes many things of America, but she feels it is not hers Http://

In this second video, she talks of the authentic African stories, not about love but poverty and humanity. She also explains that fiction can give people dignity, since it is the way you can know them . Then she gives a resume about what has she felt about the opinion of other authors .

My paragraph, by examlpes: the danger of an only story

      Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns us about the danger of hearing only one story of a person or country, which creates a wrong idea of a culture. For example, her roommate had a single story of catastrophe about African people, that is why the possibility of seeing them as equals, was an utopia for her. In addition, when she visited Mexico where immigration became synonymous with Mexicans and she had heard an only story of Mexican people, she saw them as men and women who were fleecing the healthcare system, sneaking across the border, being arrested at it. Other evidence about this is the certain belief that if people start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, they will have an entirely different story. As it was not enough, her professor at university told Chimamanda, that her characters were too much like him, an educated and middle-class man, as a clear evidence of his unknowing of African people. In conclusion, a single story gives us an only point of view, emphasizing how we are different rather than how we are similar, because showing  people as one thing ,  over and over again, make them become only one thing.

My second paragraph, by listing: Lecture at the Commonwealth

      In her lecture at the Commonwealth, Chimamanda  argues the case for a realist literature that highlights the true nature of reality, to finish with the idea of superior and inferior races beyond the facts of  Western history. First, Adichie says that the truths of life can only be told through human stories. Then, she explains that, in a century in which global mass communications has given us access to more information, it has not led to an increased understanding among cultures, since nobody wants to know about an essential thing: human desires. In addition, he affirms that although we must know dead and the dying, it is important to know how people live, to respect their dignity, to make Western governments understand that all humans are equal. In conclusion, in this conference she wants to transmit us the importance of telling genuine stories in spite and contrary to the western images and attitude towards the African continent.

Last entry: paragraps afte Stella´s correction:


                                                             ISFD N° 41

Subject: Paragraphs acording to APA style:                                                  Date:  31, April,2013
Teacher: Saubidet, Stella
                                           My First Paragraphby Example: The Danger of an Only Story
The danger of taking o in account only one story of a person or country, is present in Chimimanda´s conference.For example, her roommate in the University, had a single story of fatalities about African people, that is why, the possibility of seeing them as equals, was totally In additon, when the writer visited México, where immigration was synonymous of native people and she had an unique version,she saw them as men and women who inflicted the law, escaping through the border as well as being arrested most of the time. Other evidence of this, is her belief that if people had started the story from the point of view of the Native Americans, in disaccordance with the version of the British, all of us would have had an entirely different thought about them. As it was not enough, the woman´s professor at the Univesity, told her that her characters were too much like him, an educated middle-class man, as a clear evidence of misunderstanding of African people.This interestnig as well as special woman, demonstrates that a single story gives us an only knowledge of a group, a culture or a storyc event, emphasizing the differences among people rather than looking at them as equals.

My Second Paragraph by Listing: Lecture at the Commonwealth.

For Chimamanda, realistic literature highlits the true nature of reality, since it can only be told through  humman stories. First, she clearly explaines that, although we are living in a century of global mass comunicaton, in which we have access to more information, it had no led to an increased understanding among cultures, since nobody wants to know about an essential thing: Human Desires. In addition, he affirms that ni spite of the fact that we must know about dead and the dying, it is more important to see how they live, to respect their dignity, to make Western governments recognize, that humans around the world,  are equals. In this conference, she makes it clear that it is essential to tell genuine stories and reality, against the Western Authorities attitude towards the the African people.

Gradesaver,Biography  ofChimamanda NgoziAdichie(online),from: Retrieved: May 15, 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Commonwealth lecture 2012(youtube) from: Retrieved: May 15, 2013

In conversation  with  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (online)from:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,African Voices ( online ) from:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes (on line )from:www/ ngoziadichie

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