How good stories can cure a Westerners poor perception of Africa

“The consequence of a single story is this – it robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of an equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.”

You have to read this post. It is an eye opener if it’s anything. If it doesn’t leave you feeling guilty or ignorant, it will atleast leave you feeling wiser.


I bet you thought the title didn’t quite match the cover image of the (American?) skyline? It’s actually one of Africa’s many great skylines. This particular one is Nairobi, Kenya.


I am doing an online course on sustainable development, with a focus on Africa. It’s an interesting course taught by  academia, UN employees, members of parliaments and even a former Nigerian president. We read essays, watch films, interviews and hold online discussions.

Today I watched a TEDtalk held by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Nigerian writer and storyteller who has written novels such as Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun and has given TEDtalks which leave you in awe and full of inspiration. 

The danger of a single story

In her presentation of “The Danger of a Single Story”, she manages to perfectly describe the reason why I started TheGoodStory. The power of the stories we hear is immense. It…

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7 thoughts on “How good stories can cure a Westerners poor perception of Africa

  1. Single stories break us, don’t they. I have met people who like to tell me they heard this one story about (insert developing country) and this is the basis for their negative impression. It is sad that we have to listen to so many narrow minded people.

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