Welcome to Adventures in Story Village
Welcome to Adventures in Story Village
"As a multi-disciplinary storyteller my greatest desire is to highlight the fruits of the spirit in humankind with all my stories & songs.
Love ~ Joy ~ Peace ~ Patience ~ Kindness ~ Goodness ~ Faith ~ Mildness ~ Self-control and 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, for everyone, especially our children."...Oni Lasana
"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" Jan Michener, Founder, Arts Holding Hands and Hearts, Inc.
"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), Coatesville, PA
"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!"
President, Patchwork, A Storytelling Guild
I 'm a storyteller and a poet too!
In the Story Village
I share them with you.
We don't go to a movie,
or watch a TV screen,
I'm all up in our head,
if ya know what I mean
Pictures in my stories
are the ones you create.
Listen up! imagine!
Lend me your ears
hear what I say.
As stories come alive
in a awesome way.
Some of my stories are
older than old—
Aunti Oni's spinning
on what others have told.
Some are brand new
fresh from my head,
Some I thought,
or I heard or I read.
Stories & poems from storytelling friends too
Gave me permission
to share them with you.
Movin' & groovin' to what
we love so dear
I hope you enjoy Story Village
in your ear!
Stories from my heart —
to all over the place
Aunti Oni loves to put
a smile on your face
From beginning to end
I give you stories to share
On how to treat others
and how to play fair.
Ya know Story Village took you somewhere
In the world wide web and here and their
So if ya frontin' on Aunti
like you don't care
write your own stories
if you dare.
Story Village with Aunti Oni
is the podcast for you
Cuz only cool people
can do what we do
Yes, I’m a storyteller
and a poet fa true
And guess what?
you can be one too!
Cause it ain't nothing to it
but to do it
And it ain't hard to do it,
cause I'm use to it! (repeat)
(C) Wynn Montgomery & Oni Lasana
Scroll down to listen to this poem with music on the 60th episode of Story Village with Aunti Oni podcast.
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 original introduction sing-along.
Ubuntu is the essence of being human.
In South Africa & Zimbabwe, Ubuntu means a person is a person through other people. To see and respect all people as human being.
At the beginning of the pandemic lock down in 2020, Oni embraced this story as her signature story to plant a little seed of love, sharing, caring and empathy in our children.
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" ( listen to Aunti Oni's version in Story Village with Aunti Oni podcast episode #46)
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!"
Zoomin' for youth of all ages!
Listen with the youngin's on the audio version in your car or at home, over & over & over again. Which fish is like you?
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.
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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.