Ethical questioning: balancing our stories even when it hurts

I came across Chris Abani last year in my quest to know more about my country, Nigeria, especially those of different background from mine.

Listening to Chris’ TED Talk was an inspiration, yesterday I had to dig it up once again as it echoes so many thoughts I had in my head. He talked about balancing our narratives that are wonderful with the ones of wounds and self loathing. In order to achieve this we need to be honest with ourselves as no one else can tell the truth of our stories but us, Africans.

Hope you enjoy his talk as much as I did.

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13 replies

  1. Fola, that was a great post. Chris Abani is a wonderful speaker and a very wise man.
    It is good that what is happening Panama is made public. It isn’t just Nigerians that are doing this. It is happening all over the world and it is hurting many countries. It will be a little more difficult for these people who are tax evaders to stand tall with respect because we know what they are, and what they are doing to our countries.

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    • Agreed on Chris Abani.

      Incredible the length people will go to hide public funds. In Nigeria, it is far greater than tax evading alone – they stole everything with the mindset they will never be found out, I am prying and hoping that my people be patients until we get everyone of them and justice served.

      Thank you Leslie.

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  2. Reblogged this on Folakemi and commented:

    This talk by Chris Abani never gets old. Relevant parts to Nigeria starts from 4:42.

    This week, with all the craziness going on with Panama leak papers and Nigeria politicians names revealed as amongst those with offshore secret accounts. My thoughts were that one needs to be on the other side of reality to be surprised about any of this, the real question is how do we get the stolen funds back to be used for common good and perpetrators punished.
    So I returned to listen to this talk once again, I sighed in relief when I got to 14:15″…transformation is difficult slow process” – it sure will happen if we (Nigerians) allows it.


  3. Reblogged this on yasniger and commented:
    A refreshing piece… Chris Abani is quite some speaker.

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  4. Thank you my sister for the follow. More of God’s blessings to you in the name of Jesus Christ.

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  5. At last, a decadently marvelous post from you – sweetie – what a hell of a man/speaker! Thank you, why isn’t he in GEJ’s place anyway?

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  6. What a tour de force of a talk, Folakemi. Such humanity. I think Chris Abani speaks for all of us on the planet.

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