Chimamanda Adichie on the danger of a single story. A beautiful, funny TED talk about storytelling and influence, and postcolonial literature:
… now things changed when I discovered African books. There weren’t many of them, and they weren’t as easy to find as foreign books, but (…) I went through a mental shift in my perception of literature. I realized that people like me: girls with skin the colour of chocolate – whose kinky hair could not form ponytails – could also exist in literature. I started to write about things I recognized.
I enjoyed every minute of this. Go watch it and tell me what you think. (via)