“Why Are We Surprised?” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the geography of mind

The following is a repost from bookslive.co.za/blog Video: “Why Are We Surprised?” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Keynote Speech at the Nordic Africa Institute by Luso on Oct 24th, 2012 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the acclaimed Nigerian author of Purple Hibiscus, The Thing Around Your Neck and the Orange Prize-winning Half of a Yellow Sun, recently gave the keynote speech at the Nordic Africa…

‘Megaslumming’ – Why and how do people live in slums?

How did an informal settlement such as Kibera emerge in the first place? What are the economic forces that shape the reality of life for slum-dwellers? What does it mean to live in extreme poverty? Adam W. Parsons aims at giving answers to these and related questions in the book ‘Megaslumming‘, which was published by Share The World’s Resources and…

African Literature, Stereotypes and “The danger of a single story”

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a motivating and insightful speech on TEDtalks, not so long ago. We warmly invite you to listen to her, as she talks about “The danger of a single story” – in many ways relating to The Single Story about Africa – with strong examples from different historical angles that would also…