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"My greatest desire as a storyteller & poet, is to highlight the fruits of the spirit in all humankind: Love ~ Joy ~ Peace ~ Patience ~ Kindness ~ Goodness ~ Faith ~ Mildness ~ Self-control and I may add: Self Esteem...sprinkled with reflections on life lessons & laughter. I also enjoy re-telling & creating stories to connect local communities with world cultures for peace & understanding."
"The wonderful song of the soul's high adventure" ... Joseph Campbell, The Power Of Myth.
South Africa & Zimbabwe : a person is a person through other people.
Ubuntu, the essence of being human.
Folktale retold by Oni
Oni's original Ubuntu song, for children to circle up & dance along!
In 2016, Oni Lasana came in 1st place in the Story Slam at the 24th Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival at Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
"Oni, you rose the bar!"....
Denise McCormack, President of Patchwork, A Storytelling Guild
Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group, Pennsylvania
L-R: Caroliese Frink-Reed, Oni Lasana (President 2006), Charlotte Blake Alston, Jawara Bishop, Thelma Robinson, Abiodun, Pauline Cohen, Atiya Ola, Doni Johnson & Ron Carter
Telling "Little Apple Tree" @ New Jersey Storytelling Festival
Grounds For Sculpture, NJ 2016
"Cause your a shinning star, no matter who you are" Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire
Dr. King's stories, sermon's and speeches changed a nation.
Listen to Oni's spoken word tribute to MLK Jr.
Oni's "Drama Mama's" have produced plays and reader's theater featuring African American literature for over 30 years.
West Chester Community Performers are based in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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Nana Oni shared tales from Liberia, Nigeria, & Gambia.
Also, sharing information on her display of cultural artifacts from Zimbabwe & Ghana.
Enjoyed hearing tales of Aesop, The African storyteller and about Anansi, who came from Africa to the Caribbean to America, on his sharing wisdom with the world.
Enriching the lives of young scholar's everywhere!
Stories from Africa, Caribbean, Europe and America
Oni will customize a storytelling program with a theme of your choice!
Photo: Oni inside the art installation of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom at the Grounds For Sculpture, Trenton, New Jersey.
How Oni was able to pose like a diva in the frame, is another story!
"Thank you so much for coming to our group--you are truly a find and I am glad Philly's CSP (Community Support Program) found you. You are a talented, warm and generous spirit and you were so understanding of our community. Bless you."
Michelle Davis, MBA
Public Health Program Analyst Supervisor
City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oni's tears of gratitude, accepting the life membership award for her mentor, Diane Williams, The Storyteller of Jackson, Mississippi, from founders, Mother Mary Carter Smith & Mama Linda Goss. Richmond, Virginia.
(Oni is a life member of NABS)
2012 : At Ruth Ann's Restaurant in Harlem, New York, Oni presented "Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother" at a book signing for the iconic actress, civil rights activist and author, RUBY DEE. "In This Life Together" was written with her husband, OSSIE DAVIS.
RUBY DEE is also author of the best seller, "Two Ways To Count To Ten, a Liberian Folktale" and "My One Good Nerve." Ms. Dee enjoyed hearing Oni interpret Dunbar's poetry so much, she exclaimed in her opening, "I want to be like Oni when I grow up!" What a compliment!
A theatrical storytelling workshop & performance on how to engage and enrich audiences with characters and story development.
GARDEN STATE STORYTELLERS LEAGUE'S TELLABRATION 2016
MUSES OF A STORYTELLER
A theatrical storytelling delight!
Oni presented excerpts on a historical timeline of storytelling as NANA AESOP, 'LIAS' MOTHER, GRANNY GOOSE, to "story activist" MAMA EARTH.
With a special introduction of the most beautiful doll in the world "Nyota Kungaa" from the "Girl Friends" program.
This interactive workshop demonstrated Oni's secrets on the development of characters, story enhancements, and audience participation with the use of poetry, story, songs and props.
Association of African American Life and History
(Founded by Carter G. Woodson)
African American Intellectual History Society.