African Folklore Strives for Survival

African Folktales Preservation Project Sets To Raise US$ 10,000 through Crowdfunding Platform IndieGogo
By: African Night Entertainment Book Project
IBADAN, Nigeria - Dec. 23, 2015 - PRLog -- Ibadan, NIGERIA – Nigerian author and folklorist, Rotimi Ogunjobi, announced today that he will be launching a funding campaign for his African folklore preservation project, using the crowdfunding platform effective December 24, 2015. The author is targeting to raise up to US$ 10,000 to expand the number of published books in the African Night Entertainment Series, which is dedicated to the collection and publishing of ancient folktales that have originated from communities all over Africa, by six new compilations over the next 12 months. The author, who is also the  editor of the book series gave a press conference last week to explain the importance of the project, especially as a tool to preserving community values, which are gradually being lost to   electronic media, and which are desirable to be passed down to children , to make them better citizens.
The  African Night Entertainment Series of Rotimi Ogunjobi, aims to revive the dying art of community storytelling, where in regular nightly entertainment treats, children would gathered at the foot of a storyteller, often an elderly person, who would entertain them with very dramatic tales, under the open African night sky. When asked why he decided to go with crowdfunding, Rotimi Ogunjobi was quoted as saying “I decided to use crowdfunding because it also offers the additional opportunity to broadcast the project , its importance and the availability of its output on a much wider scale, than if we had kept our search for funds local. The African storytelling tradition is very rich in content and also very entertaining. ”.

Crowdfunding has become to be one of the faster ways to launch projects More information is expected to be released by the author in the next few weeks, about the project which has so far, and prior to the crowdfunding decision, produced four published collections of folktales, mainly from West Africa.

About the African Night Entertainment Series
African Nights Entertainment Series is dedicated to the collection and publishing of ancient folktales which have originated from communities all over Africa.  Each edited volume typically contains a compilation of stories relating to a specific tribal group or geographical region.  This series is expected to be used both as reading material in schools, as well as reference books in libraries all over the world.  Four volumes have so far been produced in the series, which is the first and only publishing project of its type in the world. The project is now seeking crowdfunding to expand its output and intends to hire  more part-time researchers and editors.

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