TED TALKS

I absolutely love TED talks so I've put together a few TED talks that surround the topic of African women, that I found to be interesting and insightful. I hope you can take some time out of your day to watch these and that you find them enlightening.





Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  - 'The danger of a single story'
Here Chimamanda talks about how one 'story' of something or someone holds so much power, in the sense that it can impact the way you perceive that person, place or thing. She brings to light the negative image of Africa portrayed in the media, and how that one negative image creates a false perception that creates barriers on the prosperity of Africa, but also on a person from Africa. It is an incredible TED talk that I would definitely recommend watching.
  • "My roommate had a single story of Africa: a single story of catastrophe. In this single story, there was no possibility of Africans being similar to her in any way, no possibility of feelings more complex than pity, no possibility of a connection as human equals."
  • "Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ‘We should all be feminists.’  
Chimamanda does it again with an insightful TED talk surrounding feminism and how she was told that 'feminism' was not in the African culture. She brings forward the gender expectations that govern girls and women in their everyday lives and well as those that dictate their futures. 
  • "We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller, we say to girls, "You can have ambition, but not too much."
  • "You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you would threaten the man."


Teresa Njoroge - 'What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit'
Spending a year in prison inspired Teresa Njoroge to become a strong advocate for rehabilitating African women in prison, and getting to the fundamental causes that make crime accessible to them as mentioned below.
  • "I soon realized that crime was not what had brought these women to prison, most of them, far from it. It had started with the education system, whose supply and quality is not equal for all; lack of economic opportunities that pushes these women to petty survival crimes; the health system, social justice system, the criminal justice system."
  • "I had a burning conviction to be part of the transformation to resolve the injustices that I had witnessed of women and girls who were caught up in a revolving door of a life in and out of prison due to poverty. "


Chinaka Hodge - 'What will you tell your daughters about 2016?'
She shares one of her spoken words surrounding being an active women in 2016. 
  • "Tell her she was born just in time, just in time to lead."



Kakenya Ntaiya - 'A girl who demanded school'
She shares her devastating story of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and how she carried through with it in order to get an education (at the time she was unaware of what it was and that it was illegal for FGM to occur). She now helps protect young girls from FGM and aids them in receiving an education. 

  • "I want to challenge you today that to be the first, because people will follow you. Be the first. People will follow you. Be bold. Stand up. Be fearless. Be confident."

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to mention them in the comment section 😊
- Tasneim Mahmoud x