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Online Course: African Folktales and Storytelling – Structure, Techniques & Future

African folklore is deeply rooted in the essence of the continent, embodying its diverse peoples,
landscapes, and histories. One of its notable characteristics is its adaptability and versatility, as stories
evolve over time, influenced by cultural, social, and environmental factors. This fluidity allows folklore
to transcend temporal and spatial boundaries, remaining relevant and resonant across generations.

Folklore serves as a reflection of African communities, mirroring their hopes, fears, and aspirations.
Through myths, legends, and fables, people interpret the world around them, explaining natural
phenomena, imparting life lessons, and honoring heroic figures embodying cherished virtues. Above
all, folklore acts as a guardian of cultural heritage and resilience, especially in societies where written
records are scarce. Oral tradition becomes vital, ensuring the survival of languages, traditions, and
customs through generations.

Looking ahead to the future of African storytelling, we stand at a juncture where tradition intersects
with modernity. The digital era offers unprecedented opportunities for preserving and disseminating
African folktales. The potential of African storytelling shines brightly in the digital landscape,
presenting vast opportunities for innovation and reach. By embracing these digital possibilities, modern
storytellers can greatly benefit from their creative endeavors.

In this course, we delve into the rich tapestry of African folklore, exploring its diverse cultures,
traditions, and storytelling techniques. Through historical insights and literary analysis, students will
develop a deeper understanding of the significance of folktales in African societies. Moreover, they will
learn how to effectively engage in the art of storytelling, both for personal enjoyment and potential

The African Cultural Heritage Hub www.africanculturehub.org

Who is this course for?:
The “African Folktales and Storytelling ” course is designed for a diverse range of individuals who
have an interest in African culture, storytelling, and the art of narrative. Here are some specific groups
that may benefit from participating in the course:

  1. Storytellers and Performers
  2. Educators and Teachers
  3. Writers and Creatives
  4. Cultural Enthusiasts
  5. Community Leaders and Activists
  6. Students of Literature and Cultural Studies
  7. Professionals in Communication and Public Speaking
  8. Anyone Interested in Learning

About the Course Tutor:
Rotimi Ogunjobi, the course tutor and Director of The African Cultural Heritage Hub, is a seasoned
storyteller and highly respected folklorist. With a fervent dedication to safeguarding and disseminating
the invaluable legacy of African storytelling, Rotimi brings a profound wealth of knowledge and
experience to the course. His substantial contributions encompass curating content for six books of
African folktales, a testament to his unwavering commitment to honoring and preserving the cultural
richness of the continent.

Registration details
This online course is organized by The African Cultural Heritage Hub, a nonprofit registered in
the state of Georgia, USA. The course will be available for 3 months only. For inquiries or assistance
with registration, please email us at storytelling@africanculturehub.org

Topics covered:

  1. Introduction to African Folklore
  2. Types of African Folktales
  3. Cultural Diversity in African Folklore
  4. Themes and Motifs in African Folktales
  5. Storytelling Techniques
  6. Adaptation and Interpretation
  7. Case Studies and Analysis
  8. Practical Workshops
  9. Ethical Considerations
  10. The Future of African Storytelling