Is Afropolitanism Africa’s New Single Story?

From: Is Afropolitanism Africa’s New Single Story? Reading Helon Habila’s Review of “We Need New Names” by Brian Bwesigye

” It was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in her now popular TED Talk, The Danger of a Single Story, who said that “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.” Africa is not only about suffering and pain, but it also is not only about navel-gazing and lost in transnation ‘aren’t-we-the-coolest-damn-people-on-earth posture the Afropolitans are turning it into. Tell your stories, do not tell others not to tell their stories. By telling African writers not to write about a reality that does not flatter you, you are building a new single story for Africa. You do not fight one single story to replace it with another. We need a multiplicity of stories, the Afropolitan, the realist and those in between.”


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