Storytelling Spaces in Kenya

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.

On the Cultural Trail to Rusinga Festival

She marched out of the lake, so they say. The myth of Nyamgondho With her back bent, wrinkles mapping her determined face, she raised her hand and the passive waters came alive. Hundreds of cows, goats, sheep, donkeys and all manner of domesticated fowl followed in her wake. The braying, moo-ing, baa-ing and clucking jolted

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

#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

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