What Americans get Wrong about Africa

WATCH HOW CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE EXPLAIN WHAT AMERICANS GET WRONG ABOUT AFRICA IN THIS ANIMATED VIDEO BELOW

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of books like Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. In this animated interview, the Nigerian-born author describes coming to America for college and being floored by how little her classmates knew about Africa. Cautioning against a single story has become a tenet of her life's work.

Chimamanda Adichie has been a pivotal force in speaking about the importance of challenging misconceptions about Africa and Africans, and this message can be found strongly portrayed in her books and movies. In a new video for 'The Atlantic', she addresses these stereotypes directly, and stresses the importance of having “African realities” represented in children’s stories. 

The fact that Nigeria and Africa at large has been given a bad name is something that has been established, but what Chimamanda does and what I wish other high profile influencers would do, is use their voice bestowed upon them by society to help that same society out of the pit it was pushed into involuntarily. Whatever Industry you are, it can be used as a channel to steadily shine positive light and invent ways to make the world see them as you want them to, first by making them unlearn the misconceptions they have been fed and feed them new ones.