Journey from Mali to Gambia to Ghana, where you will pause and remember at the Door of No Return. Continue to Nigeria through Niger. When you can't take the heat, quench your thirst in the Nile in South Sudan. This will lead you through Kenya and onward past Africa's biggest mountain on your way to being sprayed by the waters of Mosi oa Tunya in Zambia. Finally, rest in South Africa, for we have come to the end of our journey and the end of our story. Through riddles and songs, myths and legends, both children and adults are invited to delve into parallel worlds where they are taught valuable lessons on friendship, hard work, bravery and much more.
Maïmouna Jallow is the editor of Story Story, Story Come - 12 Re-Imagined Folktales from Africa, published by Pavaipo (Dec. 2018). She is a Nairobi-based storyteller, producer, director, communications consultant. In 2015 she co-founded Positively African - an organisation that brings together a Pan-African network of activists, artists and academics working at the intersection between art and social justice. In 2016 and 2018, the organisation held its flagship event, the Re-Imagined Storytelling Festival in Nairobi, Kenya. Maïmouna has also adapted novels by African women for the stage and performed in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Somaliland, Egypt, UK, Edinburgh, Chile, Singapore, Sweden and Poland. Her work has been featured on the NYT, BBC, Forbes Woman Africa, and The East African, amongst others. Before her transition into storytelling, Maimouna worked as a producer and correspondent for the BBC World Service and managed communications for Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the Horn of Africa region. She holds a Masters in African Literature (SOAS).