Meet The Storyteller: Seung Ah Kim

#MeetTheStoryteller Episode 7 Name: Seung Ah Kim From: South Korea *** *** *** Seung Ah, what made you want to be a professional storyteller? 2007 and 2009 were the most important years to me. In 2007, during a study trip to Toronto I attended part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival, and was surprised to find

Kenyan storytellers take part in International Google Hangout on World Storytelling Day 2017

March 20th is marked as World Storytelling Day. It is also marked as the International Day of happiness. Coincidence? I don’t think so! Started in Sweden in the early 90s, the practice of celebrating it with performances of oral storytelling has spread across the world, with many countries currently observing the day. In Nairobi, John

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#MeetTheStoryteller – Mshai Mwangola

#MeetTheStoryteller Episode 6 Storyteller: Mshai Mwangola From: Kenya **** **** **** Karibu sana Mshai. Please describe your kind of performance. As a performance scholar, I understand “performance” to be a way of making meaning, a path of exploration into knowing. My kind of performance is characterised by three things: it emphasises the potential of the

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#MeetTheStoryteller – Episode 3

Meet The Storyteller: Episode 3 Name: Marianne Christensen From: Denmark *** *** *** So, what is your story Marianne? I was born on a family farm in 1954, but grew up in different places on the island Lolland in Denmark, because my father changed from being a farmer to working as a mechanic. I was

Confession: I visited a mganga

Confession. I went to visit the local Mganga. I have always wondered about these dudes (and dudettes) who have been rumored to have such extreme powers, that even some of the high and mighty in our societies sometimes nyapa nyapa like rats in the night to visit them. Not to mention those whispers of major

Storyteller Lavanya Prasad

Meet The Storyteller – Episode 1

Meet The Storyteller: Episode 1 Storyteller: Lavanya Prasad From: Bangalore – India    ***** So, whats your story? I am a dreamer who sees everything as stories in this world. Stories are an intricate part of me. I’ve been telling stories since I learnt to speak, that’s what I heard from my maternal grandfather, the

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Butiama Chronicles – The Grand Finale

#ButiamaChronicles The Grand Finale Let me tell you of my very first stage experience. I had been cast to play Aunt Kezia in the play Aminata by Francis Imbuga. Looking back, it was kind of a complex role. A conservative woman, Aunt Kezia could not wrap her head around the fact that a man, her