ARTIST STATEMENT

Queens of Storytelling Quilt by Mary Ann Grayson of Ohio USA

Queens of Storytelling Quilt by MaryAnn Grayson of Ohio

"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.

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New Jersey Storytelling Slam 2016

What's inside of you, will always shine thru!

New Jersey Storytelling Slam 2016

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

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Keepers Of The Culture, Inc.

What's inside of you, will always shine thru!

New Jersey Storytelling Slam 2016

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


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What's inside of you, will always shine thru!

What's inside of you, will always shine thru!

What's inside of you, will always shine thru!

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


patchwork storytelling tellabration 2018

In a special tribute to librarian & storyteller, Barbara Baumgartner, 

Oni tells to a kid friendly audience.

The Rooster & The Golden Button, a folktale from Hungary, from the book "Good As Gold, stories of values from around the world"  edited by Barbara. 


Keep A Pluggin' Away

Sto'rytelling (poetic storytelling) a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Tobago Library Services,  Children's Storytelling Room, Trinidad & Tobago 2019

Video : Shervain Joseph

another Anansi song

Keepers Of The Culture's 23rd Annual Family Day 2019 @ Free Library of Philadelphia.

Story Time At Tobago Library Services 2019

FEATURED STORYTELLER

Featured storyteller at New Jersey Storytelling Festival, Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey.

The New Jersey Storytelling Network's Festival

Photo: Oni inside the art installation of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom at the Grounds For Sculpture, Trenton, New Jersey. 

How she was able to pose like a diva in the frame, is another story!

Storytelling for adults : via Art-Reach, Inc.

"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

2018 Seba Enrichment Academy, West Chester, PA

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Denise Ray, Co-founder of Seba Enrichment Academy

Denise Ray, Co-founder of Seba Enrichment Academy

Denise Ray, Co-founder of Seba Enrichment Academy

Nana Oni shared tales from Liberia, Nigeria, & Gambia. 

Also, sharing information on her display of cultural artifacts from Zimbabwe & Ghana. 


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Girls of Seba Academy

Denise Ray, Co-founder of Seba Enrichment Academy

Denise Ray, Co-founder of Seba Enrichment Academy

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.

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Nana Oni

Denise Ray, Co-founder of Seba Enrichment Academy

Nana Oni

Enriching the lives of young scholar's everywhere!


Stories from Africa, Caribbean, Europe and America


Will customize a storytelling program with a theme of your choice!

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Oni retells a Nigerian Folktale

"Everything's Connected" & more stories from fabulous storytellers from around the world.

Listen to the whole series! 

Clik on the Story Story Podcast sign.

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National Association of Black Storytellers

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 in Richmond, Virginia. 

(Oni is also a life member of NABS)

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Oni with legendary actress & cultural icon RUBY DEE

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!

re-telling of a Hispanic folktale, "Second Language"

Why A Storyteller?

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King's stories, sermon's and speeches changed a nation.

Listen to Oni's spoken word tribute to MLK Jr.

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West Chester Community Performers

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.

For upcoming performances "like" us on Facebook!

Storytelling friends on The Power of Storytelling

Diane Williams, Jackson, MS

Ife Gail Young, Brooklyn, NY

Diane Williams, Jackson, MS

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"Storytelling can take you back to places you've never been before. So sit back and listen to a story."

Sharon Holley, Buffalo, NY

Ife Gail Young, Brooklyn, NY

Diane Williams, Jackson, MS

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"Storytelling is the lifeline to who I am, where I have come from and what road I will travel." 

Ife Gail Young, Brooklyn, NY

Ife Gail Young, Brooklyn, NY

Diane Ferlatte, San Francisco, CA

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 "I love stories that inspire, empower and teach, stories whisper a healing to the soul."  

Diane Ferlatte, San Francisco, CA

Diane Ferlatte, San Francisco, CA

Diane Ferlatte, San Francisco, CA

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"Storytelling is an opportunity for me to preserve, reclaim and pass on the history and culture of African Americans  and others through the oral tradition. For me, storytelling  is an intimate way to connect with people, which I love." 

Karima Amin, Buffalo, NY

Diane Ferlatte, San Francisco, CA

Karima Amin, Buffalo, NY

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"Tell a story, 

save a life!"

Vicky Jackson, Tampa, FL

Diane Ferlatte, San Francisco, CA

Karima Amin, Buffalo, NY

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"Storytelling is Big Medicine, and Storytellers are Healers.  Collected stories go into our mojo bag, and EVERYBODY loves it when the necessary medicine is laughter.  BUT some of our medicines initially offend the senses when swallowed.  But it's still the cure... " Ase!

THE MANY MUSES OF ONI LASANA

 A theatrical storytelling workshop & performance on how to engage and enrich audiences with characters and story development.

Featured on November 20, 2016

               GARDEN STATE STORYTELLERS LEAGUE'S TELLABRATION 2016 

Presented

ONI LASANA 

in 

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.

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~ Storytelling Friends ~

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Tobago Culture Festival

Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan Hill

Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan Hill

Glenda-Rose Nassoma Layne, Storyteller & Director of Culture, Tobago 


In 2000 at the Tobago Heritage Festival, Oni represented the USA, performing Paul L. Dunbar's Ante-Bellum Sermon. 

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Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan Hill

Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan Hill

Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan Hill

Oni, the Storyteller, with Brother Blue and his beloved wife, Dr. Ruth Hill of Cambridge, Mass. at The National Association of Black Storytellers Conference & Festival. Brother Blue (RIP) gone, but never forgotten.


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Storytellers & Poets

Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan Hill

Storytellers & Poets

Diane Williams of Mississippi, Mitch "Grand Daddy" Capel of North Carolina with Oni & Performance Poet, Lamont " Napalm Da Bomb" Dixon of New Jersey.

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