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Chris Abani:
On humanity

TED2008 · 16:14 · Filmed Feb 2008
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Chris Abani: On humanity
16:14 · Filmed February 2008 at TED2008 · Subtitles available in 27 languages

Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.

Novelist, poet
Imprisoned three times by the Nigerian government, Chris Abani turned his experience into poems that Harold Pinter called "the most naked, harrowing expression of prison life and political torture imaginable." His novels include GraceLand (2004) and The Virgin of Flames (2007). Full bio
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