The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, writer, and feminist.
Chimamanda Adichie was born on September 15 in 1977, in Enegu, Nigeria. She grew up in a family of 6 children. She studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria. When she was 19 years old,
she left Nigeria and went to the United States to study communications and political science. She finished a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and got a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.
While she was still in university, she started writing her first novel, called Purple Hibiscus which was published in 2003. This novel became a great success and was nominated for the Orange Fiction Prize in 2004 and awarded for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in 2005. She wrote two more novels: Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013). Over the years, Chimamanda published many more stories and poems and received multiple awards and distinctions for her work.
In 2009, Adichie spoke for TED “The Danger of a Single Story” in which she pleads for equality in representation of different cultures and for a broader understanding of people from various cultures.
“It’s easy to misinterpret people and their related history if you base it on one single story.”
In 2012 she held a speech for TEDxEuston which is called: ‘We should all be feminists’. Some of her text from that speech is used by Beyonce in her song ‘Flawless’. Nowadays, Chimamanda Adichie divides her time between Nigeria, where she often teaches writing workshops and the United States.