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PBL12 Explores the “Danger of a Single Story”

This fall, Cheltenham’s PBL12 cohort read the 2013 novel “Americanah” by the best-selling Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to explore the concept of “the danger of a single story.” Adichie coined the phrase to describe how the media frequently portrays groups of people as a “single story,” thereby eliminating their individuality and capturing an incomplete picture. 

After reading the book, PBL12 created a video to highlight students’ unique personal perspectives and experiences, and attempt to break the single-story narrative.

In the novel, Nigerians Ifemelu and Obinze departed the military role in their native land to make their way in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively, raising universal questions of race, belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.