It is the third week of March and that means World Folktales and Fables Week has arrived. Beginning today, March 20, people from around the globe will take a couple of days to celebrate their fables, myths and legends.
These stories, often handed down to each generation as oral tradition, represent the morals, themes and character our forebears used to ensure our ways of life. Regardless of race or creed, the lessons taught by these tales are universal, delivered part and parcel with the rest of our cultures.
At Ayamba LitCast, we understand the importance of these stories in our lives. As children growing up, they are part entertainment, part education. Becoming adults, we inherit the title of custodians and make sure that the generations that follow never lose sight of where they come from and the morals we should always strive to uphold.
For us, Namse Udosen is that custodian. As such, his podcast, Jolly Reading will celebrate the diversity and richness of Nigerian folktales all through the week. Each day, Namse, alongside a host of friends, will share with us a folktale from one of the country’s numerous tribes.
Visit this page all week long to discover what new tale, language and tradition, Namse has in store for us all.
The story of how our world came to be; Oduduwa and Obatala were sons of Olodumare who sent them down from the skies and instructed them to birth earth as we know it today.
This is the origin of mankind as believed by the Yorubas and explains why we have more than one Yoruba clan in the world. Read by Mandrel Mykels in a true Yoruba accent, this fable entertains and excites the imagination. It is a must listen.
In the second episode of the World Folktale and Fables Week Special, we explore the myth behind the natural, fluid pattern on a tortoise’s shell. The tale includes a feast in the sky and much more.
This piece was narrated by Nabila. Enjoy!
In the third episode of the World Folktale and Fables Week Special, we discover the tale of The Sun and the Sea. Ever wondered why there is so much distance between the sun and the sea? Then listen to this episode.
This piece was narrated by Blessing Akpan. Enjoy!
In episode four of the Jolly Reading – World Folktale and Fables Week Special, we find ourselves whisked to the land of the Ibibio. The cunning Tortoise returns with new tricks up his sleeves and this time he has his sights set on Hippo. Listen to the show to find out how the story unfolds.
This tale was narrated by Namse Udosen. Enjoy!
In the fifth episode of the Jolly Reading – World Folktale and Fables Week Special, we are regaled with a tale from Calabar titled, The Hawk and the Owl. Discover why hawks have a taste for a particular prey.
This piece was narrated by Jessica Chat Paul. Enjoy!
On the sixth and final episode of the Jolly Reading – World Folktale and Fables Week Special, we do something a little different. Namse brings you the tale of the shrewd wildcat and hen, narrated by Saadatu Malumfashi and Elina Augustine In Hausa and English respectively.
Enjoy and let us know what you think.