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Our passports don’t define us: Taiye Selasi live at TEDGlobal 2014



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I strongly second Selasi geographical definition of where one is from; from what local you are?

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Taiye Selasi speaking at TEDGlobal 2014. Taiye Selasi speaking at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

“How can I come from a nation? How can a human being come from a concept?” With these questions the majestic Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go, closes talks for Day 1 of TEDGlobal 2014.

Having just come back from a tour, Selasi is irked and perplexed by the consistently inconsistent way she was introduced at each event: by a biography of geography. And one can understand her frustration: Selasi was born in the UK and grew up in the US, with an English-born mother raised in Nigeria and an Australian-born father raised in Ghana who has been living in Saudi Arabia for the past thirty years. So now that we have this information, do we understand Selasi any better?

We speak of countries as if they are “internal, singular, naturally occurring things.” Yet as years of…

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