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This podcast is dedicated to the African tradition of oral folktales at the fireplace. We recreate the lively and engaging story sessions with live audiences and sometimes offer reflections at the end of the story. We visit families, host diverse audiences, to give you a taste of the digital version of the practice of fireplace storytelling by grannies, aunties and uncles. A lot of the episodes are narrated in English but some are told in their original languages, with a short summary of the ...
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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.
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Stories are a big part of the African culture and growing up in the city of Port-Harcourt, these stories shaped my childhood. Times are different now and these bedtime stories which were passed down through generations are not as popular with children as they once were. This podcast aims to bring these stories to the new generation of African children and introduce everyone else to these wonderful stories from the motherland. The lessons and values learnt from these will never be forgotten. ...
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Today our magic jeep takes us to visit a Mother Goat and her kids, who live in a beautiful house right by the mountains. When Mother Goat needs to gather grass, she leaves the young ones at home and warns them not to open the door for anyone who doesn’t know her special song. But when sneaky Hyena figures it out, what happens next? Tune in to find …
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Today our magic jeep visits our friend Hyena, who is determined to win the Queen’s special prize – a magical flute that plays on its own! The only problem is that in order to do so, he must find out what the secret phrase is. How will Hyena figure it out? Come along on our adventure to see what he thinks of!…
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Today our magic jeep travels back to a time when crows and hawks played together. We’ll meet Koongoo′roo, the captain of the crows, and Mway′way, leader of the hawks. When the two sides are caught up in a game of steal-the-bottlecap, the crows realize there are far too many hawks to defeat. Clever Koongoo′roo must then come up with a way for his te…
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Today our magic jeep travels to a distant kingdom, where we’ll meet a spoiled princess named Hadiza. After she demands more and more gold from her father, trouble arises when the king’s warriors steal gold from a terrible monster. It’s up to Hadiza to make things right again…but will she succeed? Listen to find out what happens next!…
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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 Wart…
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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!…
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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 Oni series ends by highlighting the 7th principle of IMANI, Faith. Based on a Native American folktale, a loving Grandfather teaches his grandchildren the importance of havi…
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Description: UJIMA: 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 …
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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 sh…
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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 learn…
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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, a…
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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 L…
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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: UBU…
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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!…
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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!…
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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 w…
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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 …
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New episodes come out every Wednesday for free, with 1-week early access for ABF Fam subscribers. Today our magic jeep takes us to visit a Mother Goat and her kids, who live in a beautiful house right by the mountains. When Mother Goat needs to gather grass, she leaves the young ones at home and warns them not to open the door for anyone who doesn’…
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Journey deep into the heart of Cameroon with this age-old folktale, as we unravel the mysterious tale of a lone skull with an eerie voice and a profound message. This story weaves lessons of fate, consequence, and the ageless traditions of Cameroonian lore. Tune in for a mesmerizing tale that bridges the realms of the living and the unknown, reveal…
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Today's story is one from Uganda. Dive into this Ugandan folktale that weaves a captivating narrative around a cunning, insatiable dog and his relentless pursuits. Journey with us through the lush Ugandan landscapes, as we unravel the timeless lessons of desire, consequence, and the profound wisdom inherent in the African storytelling tradition. Pr…
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Today's story is one from Angola. Dive into a tale of bravery, strategy, and compassion as we journey through the life of Angola's most revered queen, a beacon of hope and resilience for all ages. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Black History For Kids: https://tuntimo.com/ Instagram: @…
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Today's story is one from The Congo. Dive into a tale of fate, family, and the whispers of a magical river. Join Clement, Charles, and Michael on a journey of discovery, survival, and the unbreakable bond of brotherhood. From being left in the wilds of Congo to building a thriving community, their story is a testament to the enduring power of famil…
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Hello my little ones! We've got some exciting news for you. Take a listen to my good friend Kiddy Casey and her brand new show Five Minute Mysteries. Listen in as Kiddy Casey investigates ALL of life’s mysteries. That means everything from ancient puzzles, to creepy cryptid encounters, and mind-boggling science secrets. No matter how big or wild th…
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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…
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Immerse yourself in the tale of Hassan, a humble Moroccan fisherman whose encounter with a magical golden fish changes his life and the lives of those around him. This captivating story of wisdom, selflessness, and kindness underscores the true essence of wealth - not material possessions, but the well-being of the community. I hope you enjoy this …
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In this story, a small but cunning Tortoise and a powerful but prideful Elephant come head to head. The Elephant, feeling overshadowed by the Tortoise's growing reputation for cleverness, challenges him, only to be offered a seemingly simple task. What follows is a humbling lesson about strength, wisdom, and the dangers of underestimating others. I…
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Today our magic jeep journeys to a magical field! We’ll meet a new friend, Farmer Mybrow, who runs into a group of woodland fairies. As Mybrow sets off to work, his new fairy pals are more than eager to help out. But what happens when Mybrow’s daughter goes against her father’s warnings? Join Miss Jo Jo to find out!…
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