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.