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THE DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY:CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE.

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The Danger Of A Single Story.

”How stories are told,who tells them,when they’re told,how many stories are told,are really dependent on power.”

”Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye….I realised that people like me,girls with skin the colour of chocolate,whose kinky hair could not form ponytails,could also exist in literature.”

”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.”

”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.”

Chimamanda’s Profile.

Arguably Africa’s best literary flower (DN2), at least from her generation of writers,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in 1977 in Nigeria.She briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy then moved to  Eastern Connecticut (U.S.A),graduating summa cum laude with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science.She holds a masters degree in creative writing from John Hopkins University and an MA on African Studies from Yale as well.Her books thus far include, Purple Hibiscus (her first novel) published in 2003,Half of A Yellow Sun (2006), and The Thing Around Your Neck (2009). Purple Hibiscus is tested on the English Leaving Certificate course in Ireland,the Advanced Placement course in select US schools,as well as the International Baccalaureate course in some schools in the U.K.She’s received awards galore including,the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007).”We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners,but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers,” says literary maestro Chinua Achebe of her.Her latest book, Americanah,is set to come out on May 14th this year.

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Can non-Europeans think? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

”Why is European philosophy ‘philosophy’,but African philosophy ‘ethnophilosophy’ ?”

 Prominent French philosopher Michel Foucault,he of the discourse concept.

Prominent French philosopher Michel Foucault,he of the discourse concept.

 
Michel Foucault,an important influence on postructuralists in international relations,was opposed to the notion that knowledge is immune from  the workings of power.Instead,he argued that power in fact produces knowledge.All power requires knowledge and all knowledge relies on and reinforces existing power relations.Thus,there is no such thing as ‘truth’ outside of power.Postructuralists examine the concepts that dominate the discourse that is International Studies/Relations.That the dominant concepts are highly contingent on specific power relations.It is worth noting that all the major theories of International Studies/Relations i.e. realism,liberalism,Marxism,social constructivism,and postructuralism- all emerged in Europe in response to specific European problems,postcolonialists reckon.Postcolonial scholars question whether such theories can really purport to explain world politics.It is more likely that they continue to justify the military and economic subordination of the global South by powerful Western interests.{Globalization of World Politics}.

”How can history have a truth if truth in itself has has a history?” -Michel Foucault.