Ethical questioning: balancing our stories even when it hurts

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 leaked 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.


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 Chrisโ€™ 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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6 replies

  1. This was wonderful to listen to. I love how Chris Ubani delivered his message, deftly mixing humour and depth with engaging precision.

    “Story is powerful, fluid and belongs to nobody”, ” The cause of all our troubles is the belief in one’s essential pure identity” Profound!

    Thank you for sharing this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This slow is so painful sha…… The vulture is such a patient bird because of the altitude it can glide at… Only those who can cope at these times can afford to wait for this slow change

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  3. Absolutely love it! Thank you my President

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