Coffee Rhetoric: Half of a Yellow Sun
Showing posts with label Half of a Yellow Sun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Half of a Yellow Sun. Show all posts

January 31, 2014

Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the 2014 GIFF

On January 26th, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — noted for work like: the critically acclaimed books Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, this awesome presentation  about gender roles… which was (surprisingly) featured as part of the backtrack to this song, and for this TED talk about the danger of telling a single story — appeared at Sweden’s annual Göteborg International Film Festival in collaboration with Internationell Författarscen Göteborg and Göteborg & Co. in conversation with Swedish film critic and festival jury member, Jannike Åhlund, to discuss her work, colonialism past and present, and the film adaptation of Half Of a Yellow Sun.

At about the 12:42 mark, Chimamanda gives Åhlund a lesson on the different ranges of color Black people encompass, after Åhlund qualifies British actress Thandie Newton’s blackness and questions whether she was a good choice to cast in Half of a Yellow Sun. Thandie, who is biracial, plays Black-American actress, Anika Noni-Rose’s twin sister in the film. 

The entire conversation is about an hour, but well worth the watch. Chimamanda always gives good dialogue and insight into her work and about the African diaspora.

August 19, 2012

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

During a TED conference, Chimamanda Adichie shared how she found her authentic cultural voice and spoke about the dangers of only hearing a single story about a person or country. Having grown on a university campus in Eastern Nigeria, Chimamanda read a lot of British and American children's' books. As she began to write at a young age, Adichie penned stories not unlike those she was reading; in the following clip, she relays how learning about other African writers changed her perception of literature and helped her identify with and write about people, like herself.
"What this demonstrates [I think] is how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children. Because all I had read were books in which characters were foreign, I had become convinced that books by their very nature, had to have foreigners in them, and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify." Adichie explained.   

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