Quote of the week & the power of the story

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"To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they could unwittingly help along the psychic destruction of their people."

Ben Okri, poet and novelist, reaffirming the power of the story. It's interesting to think about the different ways in which storytelling is used. From the politician's speech to the grandmother's retelling of the past, from the CEO's company vision to the silent narratives we create for ourselves as encouragement. It's great to see a flourishing of art that is telling complex and multi-layered stories about our continent.

Check out this great video where writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, talks about the danger of the single story:


 

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