Nigerian/ Igbo Storytelling

Clarissa Moland-Gibson, Keiara Hester, Alanda Cherestal


  • Storytelling in Nigerian culture are traditional stories that are passed down by the word of mouth.
  • The stories have morals, they explain nature by exaggerating on it
  • Stories are about multiple goddesses and gods.
  • They were also about tales of war, battle, hero, leaders and kings.

Who Tells Them?

  • Groits (gree-OH) are the ones that tells the stories.
  • Each villages usually has an assigned Griot to tell the stories.
  • Crowd participation is encouraged.
  • Stories are told with music and dancing.

  • The Griottes (gree-UT) are female storytellers.
  • They would perform at ceremonies, celebrations, and special occasions.
  • When a woman is married, a Griotte will sing to her to prepare her for her new life.
  • They would sing about independence, encouragement, and empowerment to other women.

Things Fall Apart

One Nigerian Folktale

  • Main Characters: The tortoise, The birds
  • Conflict: The tortoise wanted to go to a feast in the sky with birds but he couldn't because he didn't have wings to fly.
  • Climax: The birds gave him wings to fly but he ate all the food when he got to the feast.
  • Resolve: The birds got angry and took his feathers away.The tortoise try to jump, but he fell and broke his shell.
African Griots Live

Our Storytelling Performance !

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African Drumming.-tahishiem blanchard by tahishiem


Work Cited

  • "African Storytelling." African Storytelling. Web. 28 Apr. 2016.

  • "Traditional Family Ceremonies." Igbo Family Ceremonies and Traditions. Web. 28 Apr. 2016.
  • "African Storytelling: Four Distinctions." African Storytelling. 2010. Web. 01 May 2016.