Silence. Total blackout. Even the moon disappears for a long minute. The barely visible faces in the crowd hold their breath. Suddenly, a loud scream comes from behind me. For a moment, my heart races faster. “Jowi! Jowi! Jowi!” a solitary voice calls in the darkness. The call is picked by the shadowy figures crouched
Africa has a long tradition of practicing oral storytelling. Stories were told by grandparents and parents around the fireplace for different aims – entertainment, as a way of teaching genealogy, history of the community, to caution, advise among other reasons. There were also griots that were specialized in this art, whose trade was telling stories.