Akwaaba!

Meet Storyteller J'miah Nabawi

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Agoo-o-o!

“The students at Jasper Elementary love J’miah. (The teachers at our school find him to be a full partner in curricular planning and implementation of lessons and units.) J’miah can tell stories, write and direct plays that are performed school-wide, teach small groups and make children laugh and smile. If he had a cape, he could fly . . . at least the children think so.” — Dr. Kathleen Thompson, Retired Arts Educator/Director of Cultural Projects (Georgia Council for the Arts)

On Tour: There's Rhythm in the Telling, An American Storyfest

"Mmoguo" (moh-GWOH) is a Twi word that designate some musical interludes as recreational folktale-games amongst the Akan and is done during storytelling sessions with ANANSESEM, the telling of Ananse stories. These types of highly interactive musical games are still very popular and prominent throughout Africa and the Caribbean. “Mmoguo is that rhythmic, musical element [in storytelling] that moves both the teller and the audience into a communal happening of oral, literary and musical dramatic arts with collective, creative expression.” ~ J’miah Nabawi

Character Voice Acting for Animated Voice Talent for Feature Films and Television

The Radio Read-aloud Club bringing "storybooks alive!" Video and featured storybook favorites from the days of gathering 'round the radio.

Summer: Vacation Reading Programs

"I always look forward to these thematic Summer (Vacation) Reading Programs because they challenge me to expand on my repertoire of stories, first of all; and then, the fun in creating these 'spontaneous, interactive storytelling ensembles' from the audience. Folks in the audience, especially family audiences with children and teens, are always game to take on playing an instrument or being a particular character for the duration of the show. Total improvisation! I just LOVE it! ~ J'miah Nabawi

From The Blog

“I believe in the complexity of the human story, and that there’s no way you can tell that story in one way and say, ‘this is it.’ Always, there will be someone who can tell it differently depending on where they are standing. This is the way I think the world’s stories should be told, from many different perspectives.” — Chinua Achebe