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CHURA'S-BASKET

About the book

Fumo’s Hadithis is a series of African folktales that take us into the oral tradition of the continent. In this story, two animal families find themselves in the finals of a basket weaving competition. Both the Chura family and Tumbili family are determined to win the competition, but unknown to many, one of them wants to win by crook and mischief.  How does the outcome of this competition affect the order of life years later?
About the Author
Githanda Githae is a Kenyan oral storyteller. He is committed to preserving and propagating the culture of African Orature for present and
future generations. A pioneer of interweaving performance elements with orature ‘language’ to the written story.
 Amount:
£6.99
Kshs 600
*postage not included
 Contact information:

Email: githanda@githandasonofgithae.com.

United Kingdom Mobile No: +44 7423 707 690 (whatsapp)

Kenya Mobile No: +254 722815361 (text)

Fumo's Hadithis

About the book

Fumo’s Hadithis is a series of African folktales that take us into the oral tradition of the continent. In this story, Nduru the Squirrel finds himself cornered by a hungry Chui the Leopard who also happens to be king. Nduru has to devise a way to survive while Chui has to ensure he feeds. This is a tale from the slopes of Mt Kenya.
 Amount:
£6.99
Kshs 600
*postage not included
 Contact information:

Email: githanda@githandasonofgithae.com.

United Kingdom Mobile No: +44 7423 707 690 (whatsapp)

Kenya Mobile No: +254 722815361 (text)

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INTRODUCTION

I decided to embark on a new adventure of creating and developing an online course of writing for the African child. This was inspired by the many years that I spent as a teacher, storyteller and performer. I have always been surrounded by children throughout my profession and all I see, hear, feel, encounter are children’s voices yearning for more stories. Therefore I created a course that will help the aspiring writer, to write more stories in order to stimulate the African Child through the world of imagination, creativity, unlocking their minds, role play to name just but a few. I challenged myself to embark onto this unknown journey to create for our children of Africa what they want, when they want it, where they want it, how they want it. With my expertise in literature with performance, this new on line course is for everyone who wants to learn how to write a story that will inspire, preserve, build and create a lifetime resource for the new generation –Our African Child!

I believe that stories are like mirrors, we only see in them what reflects to us! Each one has a story to tell, but how to tell it is the problem? Let me solve your problem and take you through the Safari of how we can all write for the next generation of the African heritage. This will help us archive our stories in different ways through different mediums like published books, short stories, articles in magazines and newspapers, blogs the list is endless. Any form that encourages a story to be shared, is the step forward of ensuring that our African children will be encouraged to share, read, write, speak and listen to stories.

My safari will take you through all the fundamentals needed to be an aspiring writer to the African child. We shall explore the use of vocabulary, characters, different styles and technique’s to pen down story structures that come to life. This is how and why we should all be inspired to ignite and share stories with the African child.

Everyone has their own style that they would like to write in, we need to share and probably sharpen up our techniques.

The course is divided into building blocks, as we are progressing towards building the final product which is the story.

All the planning sessions use a spider graph. This will be core throughout the course. This is important for planning purposes, as it summarises your work in an easy way that will be beneficial to you while brainstorming, editing, planning and deciding while embarking on your journey to write your story.

 

Welcome aboard the Safari of writing for the African child!

Karibuni Nyote!

Asante,

Githanda Githae

TOP 10 TIPS

10 tips on Why to write for the African Child.

#1: Create and write stories for our African Child, that’s EXCELLENT NEWS!

Each and every person has a story that was shared to them either by their grandparents, teachers, relatives etc. It is time for you now to share the same story too/or create a new one. Pass it to the next generation and they will not have an excuse of missing out on our culture and tradition. This is our responsibility in the African society.

#2: Your voice is needed by our African child! Discover it, develop it and share it.

Your childhood upbringing, experience of growing up, family ties and politics, jealousy, love deceit you name it. These are things that we have one way or the other experienced and learnt from them. You have a voice that talks to your mind now or echoes memories of the past. A voice that is yours for the future. It is time to bring that silent voice to a heard voice. That voice is what will educate, enlighten, empower maybe save our children. It is time to discover or develop it.

#3: Find a home for your story. Give the home to our African child. The home shall be cherished for generations to come!

You want to talk to someone to be heard! You want to share that story with the one that you trust or love. You cannot keep it to yourself but have to give it out to someone who will listen to you. This can be a happy moment, self-discovery, tribulations, celebration, betrayal, true discovery etc. All those moments have a reason, a lesson, an advice etc with that said and done, why not give them a home, a home to belong to instead of limiting them to temporary times.

#4: You have a great story to share.

It starts by believing in yourself that your story is great just like anyone else. Your story will be a great story just like the one you use as your inspiration. Your greatstory is what we are waiting for to move on. Your great story is about you! It is time to share your great story.

#5: Give the African child a character to learn from.

Everyone has a role model or rather you are a role model to someone. That makes you a character, who has given life to more aspiring characters. Through your story, it is now time to tell our African child of a character that will hold and create them. Let the character tell and drive your story to your destination.

#6: What. Why. When.

We all have feelings, whether we show or hide them, it is only you who knows what you feel, why you feel and when you feel. That already is a story on its own. There are lots of stories in that. Tell the African child What you feel. Why you feel. When you feel. Does the African child need to feel the same way as you do or different? Your writing will do that for them.

#7: Knowing your hidden self through writing and you tap into your inner child. This will enable you to write an engaging children’s book.

Discover who you really are, by having a conversation with yourself. Once you have done that, you will see what is hidden. Your conversation is what will stimulate the inner child to have a conversation with themselves. Once we all have a conversation, we shall engage.

#8. Share your original story.

Your cheeky inner self saved you at one point. We all have that silly mistake that we denied having done. We were all innocent, no one wanted to be on the wrong side, we always defended ourselves. We all have an original story within ourselves. Now that we think of some things that we did when we were children, we just laugh. Share that story for our children to laugh too, to learn, to explore, to imagine, to grow etc.

You still want to make your story different from the hundreds of other stories available. Foster originality by thinking back into your childhood and recap the thoughts and feelings you had when your imagination ran free – what type of book would you have liked to read? That is the same book that our African child wants to read.

#9. Take the African child through an exciting simple journey.

A simple journey full of imagination and creativity, full of situations and thought provoking is what is needed. Make is easy for our child to follow and not a boring one. The language that you will use should be rich and spark curiosity. Entertain at the same time let our child question.

#10. Rekindle your childhood memory for the next generation.

Use our childhood singing games, songs, riddles, sayings, proverbs, banter, call and response, tongue twisters etc to rekindle the memory of our children, lest they forget.

Request for a download password of the online course details on:

Email: githanda@githandasonofgithae.com.

United Kingdom Mobile No: +44 7423 707 690 (whatsapp)

Kenya Mobile No: +254 722815361 (text)