Wangari the Storyteller has perfected the art of storytelling, capturing the imagination of both the young and old with entertaining, interactive, and educative performances. She has become a favourite of many a school if the regular invitations she gets is anything to go by. She has told stories as far as Sweden, Iran, India and
In the ideal world, I would just need to pack my bags with smashing outfits and enchanting stories, a few copies of my children’s books, an open mind, a smile, and some space for adventure before heading to the airport.
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.
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