Constantly ~ Celebrating ~ Creativity
Oni Lasana presents as "NANA AESOP" in full African regalia as she excites, educates and engages everyone, with Aesop Fables. As "Nana Aesop" she joyfully and dramatically retells the timeless tales of Aesop, the Ethiopian.
AESOP, the original Griot, Jeli, or Storyteller, was enslaved in Greece about 3,000 years ago. His tales have reached far and wide and all over the world and are retold in many cultures.
Storyteller's down through the ages enjoy telling his tales. Story lovers of all ages, enjoy listening and remembering the morals and lessons of Aesop Fables!
A memorable day with the brilliant girls of Agnes Irwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA
"Haste makes waste" ~ "Pride comes before a fall" and the all time favorite "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" are just a few of the numerous tales that Aesop told in his clever animal fables. His morality tales of common sense reflects the wisdom and foolishness of men.
Oni's incomparable animated style, audience interaction, pizazz and fun-sense, delivers the ultimate storytelling experience as she re-tells Aesop's fables of long ago...today - as Nana Aesop.
A Joyful Storyteller!
"We recently had a visit from "Nana Aesop" (Oni Lasana) and it was wonderful. We are a residential facility that serves people with special needs--Nana Aesop was joyful and fun and the children and teens really enjoyed her stories! She was entertaining and full of positive energy. We look forward to having her back in the future.
Beth O. - School Assembly, Langhorne, PA
Oni Lasana & Onochie presented the Aesop Song at Keepers Of The Culture, Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group presentation of its 22nd Annual Family Day - "Ain't It Funny" Stories, Songs & LOL4Real!
October 28, 2018 - Free Library of Philadelphia, PA "Sundays On Stage"
Video taped & edited by Shelton Mercer
Aesop "Alive & Well" Chorus (c) Diane Ferlatte
Additional Lyrics/poem (c) Oni Lasana
Music (c) Reggae Randy - Ring Around The Rosy
Ananse, is the Akan name for "spider." Originating in Ghana, he is a fictional folktale character also known as Anansi, Aunt Nancy, Anancy, Hapanzi, Nanzi, and Kwaku. Anansi, the spider, weaved his way throughout Africa, to countries in the Caribbean and beyond...with all his insight, intelligence, foolishness and wisdom.
Anansi can take several forms, sometimes human, sometime spider, sometimes even both. Equally, he is deployed in many stories for different reasons. One can look into the morals of Anansi the Spider with the understanding the answer can only be a small piece of this fascinating legend.