Oni Lasana presents as NANA AESOP in full African regalia as she excites, educates and engages everyone, with Aesop Fables.
As "Nana Aesop" Oni 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, wide and all over the world, retold in many cultures.
Story lovers of all ages, enjoy listening and remembering the morals and lessons of Aesop Fables!
"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. - The Woods School Assembly, Langhorne, PA 2018
NANA AESOP WORKSHOP
What a memorable day with the brilliant girls of Agnes Irwin School of Bryn Mawr, PA
"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 ago...today -
as Nana Aesop!
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 & Young Bro "O" 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, folktales weaved out of the imaginations of African, throughout Africa, to countries in the Caribbean and beyond...with all his insight, intelligence, foolishness and wisdom.
Enjoy the video of Nana Anansi's re-adaptation of Anansi's distant cousin...Itsy Bitsy Spider! @ the Free Library of Philadelphia's Sunday's On Stage. The series sponsored Keepers Of The Culture's 22nd Annual Family Day in October 2018.
Oni served as the Creative Director for "Ain't It Funny" where she "Africanized" the "Itsy Btsy Spider" with her signature creation of Anansi The Spider's plea, "I'm a stop crying and keep on trying" Music : (c) Reggae Randy
Keepers Of The Culture's Storytelling Village
Philadelphia's Locks & Wholistic Health & Beauty Conference Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2018
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."
Ms. Gatto, Belmont Hills Library, Bala Cynwyd, PA 2019
Original Song by Raffi
Revised version by Oni Lasana