If I had not grown up in Nigeria, and if all I knew about Africa were from popular images, I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals and incomprehensible people, fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind, white foreigner.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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“The Danger of a Single Story.” TEDGlobal 2009. Jul. 2009. Conference Presentation.

Source: "The Danger of a Single Story." TEDGlobal 2009. Jul. 2009. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: The author of this quote, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie, is saying here that if she had not grown up in Africa, she would have the same inaccurate view of the continent that most of world has: that its people are helpless but difficult to empathize with, and that they need white people to help save them from themselves. Rather than being based on facts, these stereotypes are perpetuated by popular images in the media, says Adichie. The quote is from Adichie's 2009 TED Talk about the importance of literature in broadening people's understanding of other lives and cultures. Watch the full TED Talk here: Chimamanda Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story