"Language complicates things. We often think language mirrors the world in which we live. I find that's not true, i find that language makes the world in which we live.
Things don't have an immutable value by themselves, we describe them a value.
Language can't be understood in its abstract, it can only be understood in terms of story - and everything, all of this, is story, and it's important to remember that because if we don't then we have become ahistorical."
Chris Abani, The Stories of Africa (June 2007, TED)