Maybe you’ve heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of the best-selling novel Americanah. Maybe you haven’t. If it’s the latter, listen up, because she is fabulous and wonderful and well worth having on your to-read list.
The recipient of many accolades and author of two other novels – Purple Hibiscus (2003) and Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) – and the short story anthology, The Thing around Your Neck (2009), Adichie divides her time between Nigeria (where she was born and raised) and the US of A. Her work explores the cross-generational experiences of Nigerians living in their homeland and abroad.
(Because she’s not already busy and awesome as it is), Adichie delivered this thought-provoking TED talk about the importance of hearing and telling multiple, diverse stories about cultures around the world. While her focus is on Africa, her ideas are universal. And, we think, pretty relevant to travel. Most of us travel to challenge and enrich what we know, to see things for ourselves and contribute to the billions of continually evolving stories out there.
Adichie’s work has been translated into thirty languages because it tells complex, multidimensional narratives that are interesting to people all over the planet. Ready to be inspired? Over to the master:
Feature image c/o AP photo/George Osodi. Wikipedia