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From the Ted Talk by Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

Unscramble the Blue Letters

sorty is powerful. Story is fluid and it belongs to nobody. And it should come as no ssuirrpe that my first novel at 16 was about Neo-Nazis taking over Nigeria to institute the Fourth Reich. It makes perfect sense. And they were to blow up strategic ttegras and take over the country, and they were foiled by a Nigerian James Bond called Coyote Williams, and a Jewish Nazi hneutr. And it happened over four cienotntns. And when the book came out, I was heralded as Africa's answer to Frederick fotsyrh, which is a dubious honor at best. But also, the book was luhecnad in time for me to be accused of constructing the blueprint for a foiled coup attempt. So at 18, I was bonded off to prison in Nigeria.

Open Cloze

_____ is powerful. Story is fluid and it belongs to nobody. And it should come as no ________ that my first novel at 16 was about Neo-Nazis taking over Nigeria to institute the Fourth Reich. It makes perfect sense. And they were to blow up strategic _______ and take over the country, and they were foiled by a Nigerian James Bond called Coyote Williams, and a Jewish Nazi ______. And it happened over four __________. And when the book came out, I was heralded as Africa's answer to Frederick _______, which is a dubious honor at best. But also, the book was ________ in time for me to be accused of constructing the blueprint for a foiled coup attempt. So at 18, I was bonded off to prison in Nigeria.

Solution

  1. continents
  2. story
  3. targets
  4. launched
  5. surprise
  6. hunter
  7. forsyth

Original Text

Story is powerful. Story is fluid and it belongs to nobody. And it should come as no surprise that my first novel at 16 was about Neo-Nazis taking over Nigeria to institute the Fourth Reich. It makes perfect sense. And they were to blow up strategic targets and take over the country, and they were foiled by a Nigerian James Bond called Coyote Williams, and a Jewish Nazi hunter. And it happened over four continents. And when the book came out, I was heralded as Africa's answer to Frederick Forsyth, which is a dubious honor at best. But also, the book was launched in time for me to be accused of constructing the blueprint for a foiled coup attempt. So at 18, I was bonded off to prison in Nigeria.

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