This week was orientation, I think I’ve mentioned that bit. Today, we only had one workshop and it was “The Danger of a Single Story.” During the workshop we watched this video and following the video there was a presentation by Somina Igani, a third year law student. I appreciated these presentations in conjunction with each other. Out of the whole group, I was the only person who had seen the video before, but each time I watch it I do get something new from it. Especially watching the talk again, now, in this environment it resonated even deeper with me. In the past week and a half, I’ve been getting to know the SCSU group I’m with. Then we met the other study abroad students who came on the weekend orientation, from a variety of countries. We were all just trying to get names correct! As the week continued we keep getting to know one another but none of us want to be a “single story” to another person.
What Samina’s presentation added to this video was powerful because it dealt directly with multiculturalism at NMMU. There are students from more than 60 countries at this university, from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. I hope to get a copy of his presentation because it was very good. His presentation was trying to help us understand that just because we do things differently, it does not make us crazy or less human. Moreover, doing things differently is what we should expect but love should happen anyway. We need each other in this life and if we want to make the world a better place then we need each other.
“A tree can never make a forrest.” -African Proverb