"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...The consequence of the single story is this: it robs people of dignity."
In 2009, Chimamanda gave a thought-provoking talk about the dangers of stereotyping and how she found her voice as a writer. If we hear only one story about another person or country, she says, we risk misunderstanding them.
Chimamanda's compelling novel ~ about Biafra's unsuccessful 1967 fight for independence from Nigeria ~ puts the author's beliefs into practice by telling the tumultuous history from the perspective of 5 different characters, each with a complex story of their own.