African Night Tales show for children kicks off

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African Night Tales Project, an educational and entertainment service for children has kicked off in Nigeria.

The‭ ‬ ‭ ‬African‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Night‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Tales‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Project‭ ‬ ‭ ‬seeks‭ ‬ ‭ ‬to‭ ‬ ‭ ‬curate‭ ‬ ‭ ‬and‭ ‬ ‬preserve‭ ‬the‭ ‬disappearing folklores of Africa and to make them available in print, audio, video and other electronic formats.

The project targets children from 3-12 years old and already has ongoing audio broadcast of children stories and folktales which can be listened to online, on Auntie Mo Kids Radio.

Traditional oral folklore used to be very important in teaching children important lessons‭ ‬ ‭ ‬about ‭ ‬wholesome‭ ‬ ‭ ‬community‭ ‬ ‭ ‬values‭ ‬ ‭ ‬and ‭ ‬in‭ ‬ ‭ ‬sharpening ‭ ‬their ‭ ‬imagination.

“Sadly these folktales of our childhood days are disappearing; our storytellers are being killed by technology‭ ‬ ‭ ‬and social media. They‭ ‬ ‭ ‬are‭ ‬ dying with the‭ ‬ treasures‭ ‬ ‭ ‬handed down from centuries still locked away in their memories.

Maybe these stories are still told in the rural places not yet blighted by technology. But it is only a matter of time before the last folktale would be told by the last storyteller, as the rural child now fully grown goes away to the city and finally the tales of our folks will disappear forever.‭ We‭ ‬have‭ ‬a‭ ‬huge‭ ‬‬problem‭,” Nigerian‭ ‬ ‭ ‬author‭ ‬and folklorist ‭ ‬Rotimi‭ ‬ Ogunjobi, who‭ ‬ ‭ ‬is ‭ ‬also ‭ ‬the ‭ ‬promoter‭ ‬ and‭ ‬ ‭ ‬director‭ ‬ of the‭ ‬project said.

The‭ ‬Project aims‭ ‬ ‭ ‬to‭ ‬ ‭ ‬actively‭ ‬ ‭ ‬stimulate‭ ‬ ‭ ‬children’s‭ ‬ ‭ ‬interest‭ ‬ ‭ ‬by‭ ‬ ‭ ‬meeting‭ ‬ ‭ ‬them‭ ‬ ‭ ‬at‭ ‬ ‭ ‬their‭ ‬ ‭ ‬current favourite gathering‭ ‬ points, such as ‭ ‬parents’ smart-phones, ‭tablets and other multimedia devices.

Through technology, the young listeners will be able to enjoy broadcasts wherever‭ ‬they‭ ‬are‭ ‭in ‭ ‬the‭‭ ‬world. ‭ ‬