Nana Aesop


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! 

Agnes Irwin School, PA


What a memorable day with the brilliant girls of Agnes Irwin School, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

"Haste makes waste" ~ "Pride comes before a fall"  and the all time favorite "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" are a few of the numerous tales Aesop told in his clever animal fables. Aesop's morality tales of common sense reflected the wisdom and foolishness of men.  

Oni's vivacious, animated style, audience interaction, pizazz and fun-sense, delivers the ultimate storytelling experience as she re-tells Aesop's fables of long - as Nana Aesop. 


A Joyful Storyteller!

"We recently had a visit from "Nana Aesop" 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 

Nana Aesop Song featuring Young Bro "O"

Keepers Of The Culture, Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group 22nd Annual Family Day - "Ain't It Funny" Stories, Songs & LOL4Real!  October 28, 2018 - Free Library of Philadelphia, PA "Sundays On Stage" Nana Aesop & Onochie presented the Nana Aesop Song with KOTC storytellers & drummers.


Anansi, is the Ashanti/Akan name for "spider." Originating in Ghana, he is a fictional folktale character also known as Ananci, 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.  

Enjoy the video of Nana Anansi's original re-adaptation of Anansi's distant cousin...Itsy Bitsy Spider! @ Free Library of Philadelphia's Sunday's On Stage, Keepers Of The Culture's 22nd Annual Family Day 2018

Lil' Anansi Dancer


Keepers Of The Culture Storytelling Village @ Philly Locks Conference

Keepers Of The Culture's Storytelling Village 

Philadelphia's Locks Conference 2018 


Kwaku Anansi, the original Spiderman!

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.  

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"Nana Anansi brings that mischievous spider to life with stories and song, and a taste of Ghana afterwards with plantain chips.  A fun library or school event for school-age kids."

Belmont Hills Library, Bala Cynwyd, PA 2019

More on Anansi here

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