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Postcards From Africa #15. Telling a New Story of Africa; Are You a Part of This Re-Birth?
“It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power.
There is a word, an Igbo word, that I think about whenever I think about the power structures of the world, and it is “nkali.”
It’s a noun that loosely translates to “to be greater than another.”
Like our economic and political worlds, stories too are defined by the principle of nkali: How they are told, who tells them, when they’re told, how many stories are told, are really dependent on power. Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.”
~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(Excerpt from her TED talk, ‘The Danger of a single story’).
Postcards From Africa #13: “We Need More Brain Infrastructure!” By Senator Ben Murray Bruce
All the conspiracy theories about the Boko Haram uprising collapse when you consider the data painstakingly acquired by the Africa Health, Human & Social Development Information Service (Afri-Dev). I was just going through the data the other day and my thinking was that our chickens are coming home to roost. Nigeria has neglected education for so long and the grim statistics leave us no hiding place.