Chris Abani and the Power of Story

Chris Abani

"Story is powerful, story is fluid, and it belongs to nobody." - Chris Abani

Writer Chris Abani speaks about the importance of storytelling, using stories of Africa as his narrative vehicle. Abani illustrates the power story has to imprint on our own feelings of otherness to perpetuate stereotypes. Language does not have an absolute value. Language is contextual and its meaning changes from situation to situation.

Abani’s TED talk encourages us to seek out story, but to always approach it with a critical eye and observe the subcommunications within the text.