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Chimamanda Adichie-My Favourite Authors

  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My favourite Authors The photo was taken from her author website Who is your favourite author is not an easy question to answer because of the difficulty to pinpoint one from among the list of the many. But you can list them in the order of your preference. The top on my list is, without a doubt, Chimamanda Adichie.  About Chimamanda Adichie Who is Adichie?  I don't think she needs an introduction to the creative world, but let me introduce her to those who need it.  Adichie is a Nigerian born writer thrown into international fame for her publications covering fiction and non-fiction.  Her work includes Purple Hibiscus (2003), her first novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), Americanah (2013), a string of short stories and a short story collection-The Thing around your neck (2009). She is the recipient of many accolades and awards: The Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half a Yellow Sun, the Orange Prize

Nelson Mandela Day

 18 July Nelson Mandela Day As the world reflects Nelson Mandela's legacy, we thank his life, leadership, devotion to humanity, and humanitarian causes. Mandela (18 July 1918--5 December 2013) Nelson Mandela, the Republic of South Africa's first president, does not need an introduction to the world.  His birthday, July 18, is declared Nelson Mandela International Day, and South Africans take this opportunity to celebrate his life the entire month.  South Africa became an independent republic in 1994, overhauling the apartheid that ran the show as a legal regime since 1948, Mandela, its first president.   Mandela's contribution to the peaceful transformation of South Africa, from a racially pitting people into a rainbow nation, is the most celebrated example of positivity.  This positivity shines on every individual when they make an individual positive action to help and reach others.  July is a month for taking this action and spread the Mandela values--fighting injustice,

A Brave and Startling Truth

source   #MayaAngelou, #scienceandpoetry, #CarlSagan. On Feb 14, 1990, NASA's Voyager1 probe snapped a photograph of Earth from 6 billion kilometres away.  This was the first time earth was seen from the outer reaches of the Solar System. The mission of the voyager was to photograph the outer planets and the cameras before shutting down took the picture on Carl Sagan's insistence.   The grainy photograph now has become the iconic image  showing earth in the mostly empty space that Sagan limned the 'pale blue dot,' the title of his bestselling book published on September 8 1997 .  In the book, Sagan wrote, "everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives on this mote of dust suspended in this sunbeam."   The poetic phrase, 'the mote of dust' caught the imagination of people all over the world across disciplines of science and art. . In t

Freedom in Creative Expression

Kethan Bhagat, one of the India's bestseller authors, answered in an interview; he writes for changing people's perspective. He's right. Writers are mainly the people who deal with emotions, and only emotions or feelings can change people's perspectives or views. And how can this be possible for writers, if they aren't allowed creative freedom, and tethered at the end of limited expressions? The individuals and the society as a whole get to with only stale or outdated ideas. And many of us are comfortable with outdated ideas because they make life easy, frictionless, and having little challenges. And they don't call it stale, but traditional. The majority of us are conditioned to treat anything that comes under the label of tradition with outright awe and respect, if not we fear stigma for supporting immorality. But the fact of the matter is that what often comes as traditional has nothing to do with tradition but the selected ideologies of a minority that only