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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Video of the Week - Chimamanda's 2009 Commencement Address, Kalamazoo College

How did you first get to hear about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie?
Well, many of us know the lovely Nigerian writer from her books or the profound TED Talks she gave back in 2009 about stereotypes and in 2013 about feminism.

In 2009, Chimamanda was invited to speak to the graduating class of 2009 at Kalamazoo College, a private liberal arts college in Michigan, USA.
This is what she said:

And if you take only one thing from her entire speech, then this may as well be it:
Please make room for hope and for fear
You’ll trip many times. Don’t be surprised when you fall.
Maybe even lounge in the dirt a little. And then, get up! 

Here is the transcript to the above address in PDF.

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In the past week, Kenya has had its fair share of bad news. We started with men stripping women for skimpy dressing and much worse, the week ended with the killing of 28 non-muslim passengers in a Nairobi-bound bus in Mandera by Al Shabaab militants.

It is indeed sad that human dignity and life are no longer treasured both in Kenya and beyond.
What does John Mayer have to say about Fathers and Daughters?