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African Folktales with Miss Jo Jo

African Folktales with Miss Jo Jo is a Webby Award-winning children's podcast of diverse short stories originating in Africa, originally passed down through generations by word of mouth. These traditional tales told with a new twist, are not only entertaining but serve to teach a lesson as well. Sometimes of a moral value and other times of survival. Tune in and share with a friend.

Episodes

  • The Return of African Folktales With Ms. JoJo

    Jun 21 2022

    Great news everyone! African Folktales is coming back with new, exciting adventures that are waiting for you just around the corner! Come join the amazing Ms. JoJo on July 19th for a new season! As we get ready for the big day, be sure to check out our previous journeys in Ms. Jojo’s magical jeep!

  • Introducing Adventure in Atacama

    May 19 2022

    We’re off this week, but we wanted to share an amazing new show that’ll be fun for the whole family. If you enjoy African Folktales, then you’ll love ADVENTURE IN ATACAMA. In this comedy adventure game, you get to help Mariela, a Mexican American flight attendant find her missing mother and save the world from the #Atacama Effect, a mysterious phenomenon that is affecting language and speech around the world! Adventure in Atacama allows listeners to choose their story path at the end of each epi...more

  • A Good Fortune in Camels

    Mar 17 2022

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where a man named Ali wishes to set out and earn a fortune for him and his wife. After some work, Ali has enough money to buy two camels. But he soon ends up giving away his camels for some valuable advice from the fortune teller. Will this advice end up paying off for Ali? Miss JoJo is here to let you know!

  • The Boy and the Drum

    Mar 10 2022

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where a boy named Afi wishes to go hunting. But when it begins to rain, he asks the tortoise for shelter. This results in Afi getting stuck on a drum. The tortoise then carries the drum to the village for a drumming competition. Can the tortoise win with his special drum?

  • The Magic Crocodile

    Mar 03 2022

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where a magic crocodile who lives in a cave among other animals. When a hunter comes to the cave, he tries to catch the crocodile, but when he raises his bow, something remarkable happens. Find out how exactly the crocodile prevents the hunters from entering the cave.

  • The Hare Trades a Bag of Corn

    Feb 24 2022

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where an elephant and a hare are ready to trade some delicious items from their farm. But the hare feels guilty that he didn’t help the elephant enough, so the hare decides to take some corn and find out what he can trade it for. This leads to an exciting adventure where the hare continues to trade a number of items. Find out what the hare and the elephant end up with!

  • The Man Who Never Lied

    Feb 17 2022

    Time to take a trip down memory lane! Once upon a time there lived a wise man by the name of Moe. He never lied. All the people in the land, even the ones who lived hundreds of miles away, knew about him. One day, the Queen of the land was determined to trick Moe and make him lie. Will it work? Will Moe lie? Listen and find out!

  • Mr. Ananse and the Pot of Wisdom

    Feb 10 2022

    We take a trip down memory lane! Mr. Ananse, a mean and greedy man, collects all of the wisdom in the world and does not want to share it. Instead, he decides to keep it in a pot around his neck. One day Mr. Ananse decides to hide the pot on top of the tallest tree in the forest. However, he struggles to climb up the tree with the heavy pot.  His son watches him struggle, and then suggests that he put the pot on his back. Mr. Ananse listens to his son and quickly realizes that he is not the only...more

  • Bobo and the Turtle

    Feb 03 2022

    Take a trip down memory lane! Listen to this classic episode! Bobo, the spider prepares a meal and just as he is about to eat, he is interrupted by an unexpected guest. Bobo invites the turtle to join him, but then sends him off to wash his hands - not once, but twice. By the time the turtle returned, all the food was gone. When the tables get turned, Bobo also misses out on the turtle’s lovely meal.   

  • The Lion and the Drum

    Jan 27 2022

    Take a trip down memory lane! Listen to this classic episode. The Lion discovers a magical world as he chases the fruit from the palm tree into a deep hole.  There he finds Zebra eating all of his fruit. Zebra apologizes and agrees to give the Lion a drum, in exchange for the food. The drum provides Lion with so much food that he is able to share it with his friends. However, one day the drum breaks. Lion returns to Zebra, and lies to him in order to receive a larger drum. Little does he know th...more

  • The Chimp and the King of the Jungle

    Jan 20 2022

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where the Chimpanzee wants to become the new king of the jungle. He believes that he deserves the title because he is the most like the humans. The Chimp’s friend, the Tortoise, tells him that the Lion is the king of the jungle. The Chimp gets upset and steals the Tortoise’s food. The Tortoise then decides to teach the Chimp a lesson by sending the Lion after him. Press play and find out who really is the king of the jungle!

  • How Stories Came to Earth

    Jan 13 2022

    Hello, Children! Do we need some more stories? Well, Today our magic jeep takes us to a land where no stories exist. Yaz the Rabbit is very bored and will do whatever it takes to find some stories. She hears that the Sky King is keeping all of the stories for himself, so she visits him to find out how she can have the stories. The King asks her to complete three difficult tasks before he’ll give her the stories. Press play and find out if Yaz is able to grace the world with those stories!

  • Anansi Outsmarts Himself

    Jan 06 2022

    Today our magic jeep visits Anansi the Spider and his good friend Adun the Baboon. These two are very good friends and are almost as inseparable as brothers. But when they find a tree full of ripe bananas, one of them suddenly has a problem with sharing. Can you guess who? Press the play button and let me share this story with you.

  • IMANI

    Jan 01 2022

    IMANI - FAITH - to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.Kwanzaa Time with Aunti Oniseries ends by highlighting the 7th principle of IMANI, Faith. Based on a Native American folktale, a loving Grandfather teaches his grandchildren the importance of having faith in yourself and making the right choices.STORY CREDIT: THE IMANI TREE by Oni LasanaFor more from Aunti Oni listen to Aunti Oni's Story Village:...more

  • KUUMBA

    Dec 31 2021

    KUUMBA - CREATIVITY, to always do as much as we can, in any way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.Aunti Oni shares her creativity with her poem “Kwanzaa All The Time” Aunti invites kids to show off their creativity and rap along with her. ! To create their own poem about Kwanzaa and a shout out for everyone to practice the principles of Kwanzaa year round!POEM CREDIT : KWANZAA ALL THE TIME by Oni LasanaFor more from Aunti Oni listen to Aun...more

  • NIA

    Dec 30 2021

    NIA - PURPOSE, to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.Listeners get a glimpse into the learning experience of little Nia Wilhemina on day 5 of Kwanzaa Time! Nia learns the ‘purpose’ of her name and how the determination of other African Americans shaped many inventions we use today.For more from Aunti Oni listen to Aunti Oni's Story Village: https://shows.acast.com/aunti-oni-story-village

  • UJAMAA

    Dec 29 2021

    UJAMAA- COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS - to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.Listeners will experience the true story of a businesswoman, Maggie Lena Walker.,1864-1934 Miss Walker was the first African American owner of a bank, newspaper, and department store in Richmond, Virginia. Enjoy learning about this trailblazer of cooperative economics, in her own words. STORY CREDIT: Maggie Lena Walker Speaks by Oni LasanaSend your family Kwanzaa pho...more

  • UJIMA

    Dec 28 2021

    UJIMA: COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY - to build and maintain our community together and make our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve them together.In this episode of Kwanzaa Time! w Aunti Oni travels to North Philly where young brother Kai practices UJIMA, the 3rd principle of Kwanzaa. His first haircut changes his life, and in the process, he learns of being responsible to himself and his community during COVID-19.STORY CREDIT: Kai and The Kwanzaa Mask (c) 2020 Mich...more

  • KUJICHAGULIA

    Dec 27 2021

    Kujichagulia-SELF DETERMINATION, to define ourselves, speak for ourselves, instead of being defined and spoken for by others.Day 2 of Kwanzaa Time! continues with the story of Kuji. A young man whose attitude of determination and willingness to serve others, won the respect of his teacher, and his classmates. STORY CREDIT: KUJI'S CHOICE - by Oni LasanaEmail your family Kwanzaa photos support@abfc.co and we will share them on our social media.

  • UMOJA

    Dec 26 2021

    UMOJA - UNITY, to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. This delightful Day 1 of Kwanzaa Time!  Aunti Oni tells of Mr. Anthologist, who travels from North America to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to learn the ways of the people. But what Mr. Anthologists learned was a lesson - in sharing, caring, and unity.STORY CREDIT: UBUNTU! South African folktale, adapted by Oni LasanaSend us your family Kwanzaa photos to support@abfc.co and get featured on our social media channels!...more

  • Anansi and the Turtle

    Dec 23 2021

    Today our magic jeep brings us back to Anansi the Spider who will learn another important lesson. Anansi is visited by his good friend the turtle who shows up at Anansi’s house just in time for dinner. The turtle asks if he can be Anansi’s guest for dinner, and Anansi agrees. But the turtle never gets to enjoy a single bite thanks to Anansi’s antics. The turtle then comes up with a way to teach Anansi another important lesson in sharing.

  • One Man and His Precious Cow

    Dec 16 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to the stubborn farmer who takes the word of his precious cow over the word of his children. This results in the farmer sending away his sons, and the sons begin to learn more skills on their own. One day, the farmer figures out the truth about the cow and he begins to miss his sons that he sent away. Will they be reunited? Hit the play button to find out!

  • The Grasshopper and the Toad

    Dec 09 2021

    Today our magic jeep arrives in a place where the Grasshopper and the Toad are best friends. That is until they invite each other over for dinner and realize that there are some annoying things they dislike about each other. Can they find common ground as friends, or will the friendship come to an end? 

  • The Fisherman and the Ring

    Dec 09 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a faraway village where a young man wants nothing more than to become a fisherman. His father is reluctant to let him as he thinks his son will not be successful. One day, the father agrees to let his son become a fisherman. But a big storm comes to the village and wrecks everything. The fisherman later catches a fish and lets it go, and the fish rewards him with a special ring.

  • Why the Bat Is Ashamed to Be Seen in the Daytime

    Dec 02 2021

    Today our magic jeep arrives in a place where a bat is going on a journey to visit his father-in-law, but he needs help to carry all of his things. The mother sheep agrees to let her young lamb journey with the bat, but the bat isn’t too kind to his young companion. The mother lamb seeks the advice of the tortoise, and the tortoise decides to teach the bat a lesson he’ll never forget. Find out why the bat only comes out at night!

  • The Tortoise, the Dog and the Farmer

    Nov 25 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a place where there isn’t much food for everyone. The tortoise sees that their friend, the dog, is very well fed. The tortoise asks the dog’s secret source of food but the dog does not share his secret. One day, the tortoise follows the dog and finds out the secret of the dog and the farmer’s harvest. Will the tortoise be able to stay fed now that the secret is known? Press play now and I will tell you exactly what happens.

  • The Contest Between Fire and Rain

    Nov 18 2021

    Today our magic jeep brings to a princess who is due to be married. The only problem is that she has fallen in love with two strong men. One of them is called Fire and the other is called Rain. Both men must pull out all the stops to win the princess’s heart. Who will win the contest between Fire and Rain?  Support for African Folktales with Miss JoJo comes from Reading Head Start. The reading program parents like you are using that even has children as young as two reading. Visit headstartreadi...more

  • The Tortoise and the Leopard

    Nov 11 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where a tortoise finds a big egg on her travels. She wants to bake her a cake using the eggs but she has no way to do so. She decides to promise a nearby family to bake them the cake if they provide the tools and ingredients, but later on, the tortoise runs away with the cake. When the tortoise finds the leopard’s home, she will learn a valuable lesson. Press play and find out what happens with the delicious cake, mmm! 

  • A Goat and Her Daughter

    Nov 04 2021

    Today our magic jeep brings us to where a goat is traveling with her daughter. But as they travel there are many dangers. Other animals want to eat them. The goat decides to teach her daughter a nice trick to scare away the wicked predators. Come and let me tell you how the goat and her daughter ended up living safely together! Support for African Folktales with Miss JoJo comes from Reading Head Start. The reading program parents like you are using that even has children as young as two reading....more

  • The Longest Story in the World

    Oct 28 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a place where a chief loves him some good stories. Just like you! But this chief issues a challenge for someone to tell him the longest story ever. Nobody thinks this is possible, until a young storyteller named Mo shows up. Does Mo really know the longest story in the world? Let me share this story with you, I promise it won’t take too long! Support for African Folktales with Miss JoJo comes from Reading Head Start. The reading program parents like you are using...more

  • The Story of a Farmer and Four Hyenas

    Oct 21 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes where a farmer named Musa and his wife have just had a cute baby boy. Musa must feed his wife to keep her strong and healthy, but on his way home from buying their favorite meal, Musa is chased by hyenas. Musa must offer them the food he bought so they will leave him alone, but what will he cook for his wife now? Let me tell you how Musa takes care of his wife in the end! Support for African Folktales with Miss JoJo comes from Reading Head Start. The reading program p...more

  • Why the Warthog Gets Around on His Knees

    Oct 14 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where a Warthog has built a nice big house. But the Warthog sees the Lion from one of our old stories and he becomes very scared. The Warthog runs into his home and decides to try out an old trick he heard from the Jackal, not knowing that the Lion has a very good memory. In this story, I will teach you why the Warthog likes to be on the ground!Support for African Folktales with Miss JoJo comes from Reading Head Start. The reading program parents like you are us...more

  • The Story of Walu the Blacksmith

    Oct 07 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a kingdom where a cruel king gives Walu the impossible task of creating a living, breathing man. Walu is scared of what the king will do when he cannot finish his task, until he crosses paths with the local madman. Can Walu pull off the impossible? Or will he need some help? Don’t hesitate to press play and let me tell you the story!  Support for African Folktales with Miss JoJo comes from Reading Head Start. The reading program parents like you are using that ev...more

  • How the Tortoise Overcame the Elephant and the Hippo

    Sep 30 2021

    Today our Magic Jeep takes us to a jungle where an elephant and a hippo are the strongest in the land. They have gathered all the food for themselves because they are so strong. But one tortoise will use the strength of his mind to teach the hippo and the elephant to be kinder to all of the other animals in the jungle. How does one little tortoise teach the strong hippo and elephant a lesson? Download and find out!Support for African Folktales with Miss JoJo comes from Reading Head Start. The re...more

  • The Hare and the Crown Bird

    Sep 23 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to where a crown bird and a hare are going on a special journey to visit the hare’s uncle. The hare and the crown bird decide to race to the house and find out who will make it there first. But as they race to where the uncle lives, they pass a mysterious woman who needs their help. This results in one of the friends somehow winning the race to the hare’s uncle, but who do you think will be the winner? How will the woman in need affect their contest?

  • Welcome Back!

    Sep 16 2021

    Great news everybody! African Folktales is coming back, and there are even more new adventures with the amazing Ms. JoJo just around the corner. But, you’re going to have to wait one more week for the newest episode to be released. Meanwhile, you can listen to this “Welcome Back” episode that previews some of the great moments that will be shared in Ms. JoJo’s famous Jeep!

  • Beautiful As You Are

    Sep 02 2021

    Make sure to join the African Folktales email club: abfc.co/folktales and find out when Ms. JoJo will be returning!Hey family and friends, what's the word? My name is Aunti Oni, and I’m Ms. JoJo’s favorite Aunti. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite stories while Ms. JoJo is on vacation exploring in her Magic Jeep!Little Crow thinks his feathers are dull and plain, but he soon learns it’s who you are on the inside that really matters, and not how you look on the outside.Aunti Oni Stor...more

  • The Jealous Farmer

    Aug 19 2021

    Join the African Folktales email club: abfc.co/folktales and find out when season two will start!Hey family and friends, what's the word? My name is Aunti Oni, and I’m Ms. JoJo’s favorite Aunti. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite stories while Ms. JoJo is on vacation exploring in her Magic Jeep!Listen closely to why it’s never a good idea to be jealous of nobody, no way, no how!Aunti Oni Story Village: https://shows.acast.com/aunti-oni-story-village

  • Signifying Monkey

    Aug 05 2021

    Make sure to join the African Folktales email club: abfc.co/folktales and find out when Ms. JoJo will be returning!Hey family and friends, what's the word? My name is Aunti Oni, and I’m Ms. JoJo’s favorite Aunti. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite stories while Ms. JoJo is on vacation exploring in her Magic Jeep!Did you ever wonder why monkeys live and play high up in the trees? Well, I’m here to tell you why!Aunti Oni Story Village: https://shows.acast.com/aunti-oni-story-village

  • The Palm and the Poui

    Jul 22 2021

    Join the African Folktales email club: abfc.co/folktales and find out when season two will start!Hey family and friends, what's the word? My name is Aunti Oni, and I’m Ms. JoJo’s favorite Aunti. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite stories while Ms. JoJo is on vacation exploring in her Magic Jeep! Are you using your imagination? I hope so! Because you will need it for this story. Do trees talk? If so, what are they talking about?Aunti Oni Story Village: https://shows.acast.com/aunti-...more

  • A Cabin Tale

    Jul 08 2021

    Join the African Folktales email club: abfc.co/folktales and find out when season two will start!Hey family and friends, what's the word? My name is Aunti Oni, and I’m Ms. JoJo’s favorite Aunti. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite stories while Ms. JoJo is on vacation exploring in her Magic Jeep! Today let's find out what happens when the little Weasel fixes the big bad Bear.Aunti Oni Story Village: https://shows.acast.com/aunti-oni-story-village

  • A Special Message From Ms. JoJo

    Jul 01 2021

    Hello my little ones! I hope you've enjoyed the adventures so far in our first season. What an exciting year of journeys, learning, and fun it was! I will be heading on a vacation in my magic jeep looking for all new adventures to take you on in September! But don’t worry! My Aunti Oni will be stepping in for the summer to share some incredible folktales from her Story Village!And make sure to join our the African Folktales email club: abfc.co/folktales 

  • Talk

    Jun 03 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a fisherman who hears weird things. We will learn a valuable lesson about listening to the ones around us. Make sure to use your imagination for this episode, you will hear some funny things talk!

  • Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

    May 27 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a dispute between the sun and the water! Many years ago the sun and water were great friends, and both lived on the earth together. So how did their fight impact the way we see the sun and moon today? Listen and find out!

  • The Monkey Who Was Made King

    May 20 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a special Kingdom to find out about a monkey who did everything he could to be made the King! Were all the animals happy the monkey became the King? Find out which animal was not very happy about this at all!

  • The Lightning and the Thunder

    May 13 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us deep into the night! We go into the sky and follow the story of Lightning and the Thunder. A long, long time ago the Thunder and Lightning lived on the earth with all the other people. So how did they end up in the sky? Listen and find out!

  • The Porcupines Shovel

    May 06 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to learn about a special shovel that’s one of a kind. In the beginning, there was only one shovel in the world, and men worked their fields with a knife. Today we learn a very special lesson about all the great inventions in our community. But always make sure not to take advantage of the situation! Story sourced from Harold Courlander

  • Why the Moon Isn’t Always Full

    Apr 29 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to learn why the moon isn’t always full every night. There once was an old woman who was very hungry and would look to eat some of the moon every night. How could this be? Would the moon be okay with this? Learn how one person changed the way we see the moon forever!

  • Younde Goes To Town

    Apr 22 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to Accra! We follow a young man who learns about a mysterious person. Yonde goes on a long adventure and learns some valuable lessons along the way. Is having all the money in the world really that important. Can money buy happiness?

  • Two Feasts for Anansi

    Apr 15 2021

    Today our magic jeep visits a greedy spider who can't make a decision! Anansi the spider can’t decide which feast he wants to attend? Anansi tries his best to attend both feasts at the same time. Will this plan work? Or should he just stick to having one meal? Plus, what are the consequences from Anansi's choices?Story sourced from Harold Courlander

  • Why The Cheetahs Cheeks Are Stained

    Apr 08 2021

    Today our magic jeep is cruising to a grassy field to watch a hunter sleep under a tree! Long ago a wicked and lazy hunter was sitting under a tree. He was thinking that it was too difficult to hunt in the hot weather and look for prey in the bushes. Did the hunter get what he wanted? Or did his lazy ways get in the way. Plus, how does this all impact our friend the Cheetah!

  • The Sky God's Well

    Apr 01 2021

    Today our magic jeep is cruising through a forest! We follow a frog who seems nice and innocent. It is said that once in the old days, the frog was teased by other animals of the forest because she had no tail. She was deeply embarrassed, so she went to the sky god to see if a tail could be given to her. Will it work out? Listen and find out!

  • Anansi the Oldest of Animals

    Mar 25 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a forest where there was a big fight about who was the oldest animal. Once upon a time the animals of the fields and the forest had a great argument about which of them was the oldest and deserved the most respect. Can you guess which animal is the most respected and oldest in the group? Listen and find out!Story sourced from Harold Courlander

  • Don't Shake Hands With Everybody

    Mar 18 2021

    Today we are bubbling our way to Frogs farm! We see how a kind act went too far. Find out how one frog got so excited to say thank you to everyone that it backfired. Is it better to sometimes work smarter than harder?

  • A House in the Sky

    Mar 11 2021

    Once upon a time there lived a poor man named Abby. He was clever and often made jokes at rich people and even at the Chief. One day the Chief wanted Abby to build him a house in the sky. Is it even possible to build a house in the sky? Will Abby be able to do it? Or will Abby find a way to trick the Chief and not have to do the work?

  • Clever Jackal Gets Away

    Mar 04 2021

    Today our magic jeep takes us to a land with a very clever and smart Jackal. One day when the Jackal was moving through the land he came across a great Lion! The Jackal was scared for his life, he thought the Lion might eat him. So our clever and smart Jackal devised a plan to trick the Lion. Will it work? Listen and find out!

  • The Man Who Never Lied

    Feb 25 2021

    Once upon a time there lived a wise man by the name of Moe. He never lied. All the people in the land, even the ones who lived hundreds of miles away, knew about him. One day, the Queen of the land was determined to trick Moe and make him lie. Will it work? Will Moe lie? Listen and find out!

  • The Magic Pot

    Feb 18 2021

    A long time ago there lived an old woman who had the best chicken soup in the market. People would come from all over the land to try this incredible soup. One person that enjoyed it more than the rest was a small boy who came up with a plan to get even more soup to eat. Will his plan work? Or will trying to get more to eat hurt everyone else who wants to enjoy the delicious soup.

  • Dinner of the Lion

    Feb 11 2021

    In the Seven Hills we find a strong and hungry lion who would eat one animal a day for his dinner. One of the animals, a very smart hare, did not want to become the lion's dinner! The hare plans to play a trick on the strong and hungry lion so he doesn't get eaten. Will the plan work? Listen to hear if the hare will escape becoming dinner.Produced by ABF Creative Inc.

  • The Happy Man

    Feb 04 2021

    Once there was a King who had everything you would want in the world. However, he still wasn’t happy. Food, music, treasure he had it all, but it just wasn’t enough. So the King created a plan to find the happiest man in the land and take all of his joy. Will the plan work? Will the King be happy? Or will he just stay sad?Produced by ABF Creative Inc.

  • 3 Fish in a Pond

    Oct 01 2020

    Three fish called Plan Ahead, Think Fast and Wait and See are swimming happily in a pond when they overhear two fishermen discussing plans to catch fish tomorrow. Plan Ahead takes immediate action and swims away from this danger zone. The other two fish decide not to take immediate action and get caught in the fishmen’s net the next day. Wait and See learn a lesson about how important it is to plan ahead or think fast on your feet. Story told by Oni Lasana @ https://onilasana.com/

  • The Rabbit and The Turtle

    Sep 24 2020

    Slow and steady Turtle is tired of hearing Jack Rabbit brag about how he is the fastest animal in the animal kingdom and challenges Jack the Rabbit to a race. When the race begins, Jack the Rabbit zips on ahead leaving Slow and Steady Turtle in the dust. He gains such a lead on Slow and Steady Turtle that he stops to take a nap leading to an unexpected result of the race! Let’s just say that Jack the Rabbit learned an important lesson about boasting.Story told by Oni Lasana @ https://onilasana.c...more

  • Why Do Spiders Live on The Ceiling?

    Sep 17 2020

    King Lion wants to find out who is the smartest and most clever animal in the animal kingdom. Anansi the spider boasts loudly of his own wisdom but is challenged by a mockingbird because, unlike birds, he cannot fly. Anansi takes up the challenge, builds himself wings and takes off into the sky as the animals watch him go. However, Anansi quickly learns a lesson on boasting when he tries to fly with an eagle and gets too close to the Sun. Story told by Oni Lasana @ https://onilasana.com/

  • Mr. Ananse and the Pot of Wisdom

    Jul 23 2020

    Mr. Ananse, a mean and greedy man, collects all of the wisdom in the world and does not want to share it. Instead, he decides to keep it in a pot around his neck. One day Mr. Ananse decides to hide the pot on top of the tallest tree in the forest. However, he struggles to climb up the tree with the heavy pot.  His son watches him struggle, and then suggests that he put the pot on his back. Mr. Ananse listens to his son and quickly realizes that he is not the only one with wisdom. Download our ex...more

  • The Lion and the Drum

    Jul 13 2020

    The Lion discovers a magical world as he chases the fruit from the palm tree into a deep hole.  There he finds Zebra eating all of his fruit. Zebra apologizes and agrees to give the Lion a drum, in exchange for the food. The drum provides Lion with so much food that he is able to share it with his friends. However, one day the drum breaks. Lion returns to Zebra, and lies to him in order to receive a larger drum. Little does he know that you can’t fool Zebra. Rather than receive more food from th...more

  • Bobo and the Turtle

    Jul 02 2020

    Bobo, the spider prepares a meal and just as he is about to eat, he is interrupted by an unexpected guest. Bobo invites the turtle to join him, but then sends him off to wash his hands - not once, but twice. By the time the turtle returned, all the food was gone. When the tables get turned, Bobo also misses out on the turtle’s lovely meal.   Activity plans for this and all episodes available @ ABFC.coProduced by ABF Creative.

  • The Value of a Person

    Jun 23 2020

    Several body parts present their argument as to why they should be the leader of the body. When one of the body parts leave, they realize how important each body part is and how essential everyone is to the overall performance of the human body.  Download our exciting activity plans for each episode @ http://abfc.coProduced by ABF Creative Inc.

  • Respect Your Community

    Jun 23 2020

    This folktale is about how the chipmunk received his stripes. Despite living in the jungle with his community, he opted to live in the trees to avoid paying taxes like everyone else. His community feels sorry for him and so collects money for him.  However, in the end, Mr. Chipmunk runs off with the money and is banned by his community. Download our exciting activity plans for each episode @ http://abfc.coProduced by ABF Creative Inc.

  • Choosing the Right Friends

    Jun 23 2020

    The shark and monkey become good friends. Monkey begins to share his fruit from the tree with the shark. When the shark wants to return the favor, Monkey agrees to visit his family in the ocean. The monkey quickly realizes he is in trouble, but cleverly escapes.Download our exciting activity plans for each episode @ http://abfc.coProduced by ABF Creative Inc.

  • Welcome to African Folktales!

    May 29 2020

    Children of color have few characters to whom they can relate within podcasts. As a result, many culturally rich stories and perspectives go unexplored. African Folktales, brings those unique perspectives to the forefront while grappling with challenges that most children face.