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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story


With all of this talk about literacy and loading up these XO laptops with books _in relation to_ listening to Negroponte’s vision to help the poor with the XO, I was suddenly reminded of a TED Talk. Chimamanda Adichie, a writer/storyteller from Nigeria, discusses how she came to realize the dangers and consequences by only hearing and telling a single story.

I think her personal experiences about reading only Western canonical works as a young girl raise some issues on whether or not these Southern Sudanese will be reading only Western works. I’ll let Adichie do all the talking there, but I’m wondering if we could think about researching and contacting Southern Sudanese writers for the purpose of collecting some local works for the children receiving these XOs.

Here’s my start into researching some Southern Sudanese writers.

Southern Sudanese Lit
The Southern Sudanese Creative Writers” by Abdalla Keri Wani

I will have to talk to Kevin about the potential of this sub-project, as well as find out if there are any books/writings that are more geared towards the elementary age groups.


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