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"As a multi-disciplinary storyteller my greatest desire is to highlight the fruits of the spirit in 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 enjoy re-telling & creating stories to connect local communities with world cultures for peace, empathy & understanding, especially in our children."...Oni Lasana
"My kids and I had so much fun! Aunti Oni has a special way about her that captivates the imagination and makes you feel like you are in the story. Aunti Oni engages with the audience, and combines song, rhythm, poetry and storytelling. What a great performer she is and such a joy for the kids!"
Meredith (mother of two)
"Aunti Oni is a gifted storyteller whose stories connect the listeners to many cultures and the humanity and goodness in each of us. I am so grateful she led a Story Time In the Park for AHHAH and Coatesville Parks and Recreation on September 19, 2021. It was a magical day" Miss Jan, Founder AHHAH
"My children and I had a wonderful day in the park with Auntie Oni. She is such an animated and passionate storyteller with messages that will linger with my children about acceptance, humanity and loving each other. The Ubuntu Song is still in my mind days later, which means it is perfect for my kids. Thank you for setting up this meaningful time on such a beautiful day with beautiful people." Sara Getchell, parent
1st place in the Story Slam at the 24th Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival at Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey 2016
"Oni, you rose the bar!"
Denise Mc Cormack, President, Patchwork, A Storytelling Guild
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
Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group, Pennsylvania
L-R: Caroliese Frink-Reed, Oni Lasana (President 2006-07), Charlotte Blake Alston, Jawara Bishop, Thelma Robinson, Abiodun, Pauline Cohen, Atiya Ola, Doni Johnson & Ron Carter
Aunti Oni's signature original song to bring folks together under the baobab storytelling tree.
In South Africa & Zimbabwe Ubuntu means a person is a person through other people.
Ubuntu is the essence of being human.
In 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic , Oni embraced this story as her signature story to teach youth to do unto others......
Ruth Ann's Restaurant soul food restaurant in Harlem, New York presented a book signing for the iconic actress, civil rights activist and author, RUBY DEE.
"In This Life Together" was written with her husband, cultural icon and actor OSSIE DAVIS.
RUBY DEE is also author of award winning children's book, "Two Ways To Count To Ten, a Liberian Folktale" and "My One Good Nerve."
Opening for RUBY DEE, Oni presented "Oni Lasana Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother."
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!"
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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Dr. King's stories, sermon's and speeches changed a nation. Listen to Oni's original spoken word tribute to MLK Jr.
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!
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.
Aunti Oni shared tales from Liberia, Nigeria, & Gambia.
Also, sharing information on her display of cultural artifacts from Zimbabwe & Ghana.
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
A theatrical storytelling workshop & performance on how to engage and enrich audiences with characters and story development.
GARDEN STATE STORYTELLERS LEAGUE'S TELLABRATION 2016
THE MANY MUSES OF ONI LASANA
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 & History
Arts Holding Hands & Hearts
Story Crossroads, Inc.
Storytellers of Canada
Art-Reach Encore Artist
NEST North East Story Tellers
National Storytelling Network
Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild
New Jersey Storytelling Network
National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.