Nyota rocks braids for a visit to the African American Museum of Philadelphia.
Love at first sight, Las Vegas, Nevada 2004
Your Child's World Day Care Centers, throughout Philadelphia with "Granny Goose"
In 2004 I went on an creative adventure to experience the wonderful, wacky world of ventriloquists at the International Ventriloquist Festival & Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After a workshop, a friend and professional ventriloquist, CAROL GREENE of San Diego, introduced me to "my doll" in the vendor's room.
She was handmade with love by master doll maker, Verna Findley years earlier. This beautiful little African princess was sitting quietly and lonely waiting to be adopted!
I couldn't resist her! She looked just like me!
So I named her Nyota Kungaa (Star Shine in Swahili) and we have been "Girl Friends" ever since!
Busy with ongoing projects and invitations, I haven't perfectly mastered the difficult art form of keep your mouth from moving ventriloquism.
But what the hay!...I do enjoy bringing her out and about for meet & greets, festivals, photo ops & sing-longs with the little ones or for community and corporate festivals.
In Philadelphia, we enjoyed meeting, greeting, singing and posing for photo's at the grand opening for IKEA, West Park Art Festival, and October Gallery's International Arts Festival.
"I could be a major star, if Oni could stop moving her lips every time I speak!"....Nyota Kungaa