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Long before books, theatres or festivals, Africans had a huge desire for stories passed on in oral tradition. These stories could take any form, such as “folktales, myths, fables, epic histories, proverbs or sayings, and legends”.
Children would gather around their grandparents or parents to listen to tales shared by adults. Gathered around the fire the tales would entail moral lessons that would teach them about what lied ahead. These stories were not only told to entertain children however, but lifelong lessons were also instilled. These stories were used as a tool to inform, educate, persuade and instil social values.
Were these stories enough to preserve our African heritage and culture?
They were not enough and that is where we as Africans need to write and tell more stories.
If anything, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tsitsi Dangarembga, NoViolet Bulawayo, Zakes Mda and many more helped people to realise that authentic storytelling matters especially when it touched on issues of concern to society. Storytelling when nurtured correctly becomes a greater relevance for everybody.
With authentic storytelling we get to understand why issues like Patriarchy ,Feminism, Gender inequalities, Masculinity and Oppression need to be addressed. We see the importance that with storytelling society can be empowered not only to take charge however preserve their culture and heritage.
Storytelling helps people make sense of the world and teaches Africans the important aspects of their culture. Storytelling provides “entertainment, develops the imagination, and teaches important lessons about every- day life”.
We need to emancipate the African creative for the sake of preserving our African heritage!