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Videos: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chris Abani Speak at TED

The Thing Around Your NeckSong for the NightAlert! Two of Africa’s leading literary voices, Chris Abani and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, have appeared in front of TED conference audiences in the past year – which can only have a salutary effect on African letters.

Here are their talks. In the latest one, posted a week, ago, Adichie “tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding”:

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In the second, posted in July last year, Abani “tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It’s “ubuntu,” he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me”:

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