The moonlight tales has been the African culture. The Ibos from the eastern part of Nigeria uses folk stories during the moonlight to teach their children moral values. Children are gathered together in the compound during the moonlight to listen to tales of the wise.
There is lots of storytelling which gives the children knowledge of wisdom and principles of good life. Sometimes the storytelling can come in form of folk plays and songs.
There is also fun at this setting. The children ask questions on the stories and also learn from the stories. This is a kind of informal education system which has been in existence in the historic tradition of the Africans.
This collection of African stories for children form part of a long tradition of telling folk stories in Africa and each tale has a simple message and a strong moral. These original stories can be used to explore tales from other cultures, myths and fables, or to create short plays or dance performances.
Alison Chaplin is a drama teacher and writer living in the North West. She has over 30 years’ experience in youth theatre and drama teaching.