Book Week for Children Celebrating Book Week by the African Storyteller

Another exciting Book Week with children and teachers dressing up as their favourite characters. I have been asked a few times if I have a few Children’s African books I can recommend. Here are a few favourites:

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by Kamkwamba William.

The film has just been released of this true story of a 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Using an old book in the library he teaches himself how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine.

EMMANUELS DREAM: An uplifting true story about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people–but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. Truly inspirational.

TREES OF PEACE: As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something – and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. In memory of the inspirational founder of The Green Belt movement in Kenya.

African Adventure by Willard Price For the adventure, and because Willard Price books were so much enjoyed by my son and apparently highly recommended by Anthony Horowitz.

JOURNEY TO JOBURG This is the story of love and the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid.

ONE PLASTIC BIRDS The inspiring true story of how one African woman, Isatou Ceesay began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community in Gambia.

NELSON MANDELAS AFRICAN FOLKTALES Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Laureate for Peace, gathers Africa’s most cherished folktales, with the specific hope that Africa’s oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, will be appreciated by children throughout the world.

National Storytelling Week January 26th-2nd February 2019

I am sitting in a second-hand bookshop surrounded by books wondering what I could say about the importance of the ancient art of African oral storytelling. With all these books around, why on earth is it important to tell stories orally? What is the point of the spoken word? Why encourage it in schools and communities? Why should we promote National Storytelling week ?

Storytelling A window to your Imagination:

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The Benefits of Storytelling are so many as the story-teller gains in Confidence.
You learn to express yourself with clarity while influencing your audience.
You find your own authentic voice as you hone your drama skills, narration skills and musical/ rhythmic skills while entertaining and improvising.
 Creativity increases as you use your imagination.
Storytelling enriches, connects community and promotes belonging and is such fun!
Many schools encourage debating clubs why aren’t there many storytelling clubs?
Maybe National Story telling week would be a good week to start!
Over the years I have had the great privilege of visiting many schools as a storyteller. What I have loved most as a storyteller is, every time I tell a story,  the story seems to transform itself to suit the children or the surroundings…its never the same and you cannot get that in a book!

Swahili for Beginners

Swahili is spoken by over 100 million East Africans.

It is mainly spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and the DRC.

Here are a few basic words in Swahili:

Jambo    Hi

Hujambo  Hello

Habari?  How are you?

Muzuri    I am fine

Karibu Welcome

Tafadhali  Please

Asante     Thank you

Asante sana  Thank you very much

Ndiyo     Yes

Apana     No

Kwaheri  Goodbye

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Five Reasons why oral storytelling should be encouraged in schools:

1.Oral storytelling encourages confidence as young people have to improvise as they tell there own version of a story

2. It can be used as a healing tool as children are encouraged to express or make sense of perhaps trauma, anxiety or fears they have

3. Storytelling is a powerful tool it can influence and change peoples opinions. By empowering young people at a young age to articulate their ideas clearly, you are equipping them to become effective influencers in whatever field they find themselves in later on in life

4. Storytelling builds community and is a fantastic tool for team building

5. Storytelling is fun and entertaining