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Mbaganire—An African Folktales Podcast

This podcast is dedicated to the African tradition of oral folktales at the fireplace. We recreate the lively and engaging story sessions with live audiences and sometimes offer reflections at the end of the story. We visit families, host diverse audiences, to give you a taste of the digital version of the practice of fireplace storytelling by grannies, aunties and uncles. A lot of the episodes are narrated in English but some are told in their original languages, with a short summary of the story in English at the end. All songs are left in their original languages. This podcast aims to document and preserve the rich culture of oral storytelling by Africans in so many different nations.


A handsome boy that was born a crow and transformed after getting married Africa, Folktales.
06:26 6/17/24
The Woman Who Ran Mad, an Ibibio story.
This is a story about greed versus contentment, about trust versus deceit and seeking the love of those closest to us.Africa, Folktales.
11:46 5/23/24
Mbuk Adama Idiok Awan, Ibibio
Told in Ibibio by Magdalene Idiang and accompanied by musician Michael Mawazo, this story tells of a woman who was jealous of a child, and how that jealousy drove her to her own self destruction. It is full of lessons, and the kind of African horror that is safe for children's enjoyment, as well as some poetic justice.Africa, Folktales.
05:32 5/23/24
The Lion and The Rabbit, an Ibibio story.
The story about how one arrogant leader got deposed by the smartest, littlest, least expected individual.Africa, Folktales.
09:24 4/23/24
Mbuk Ekpe ye Ekpu, Ibibio
Told in its original Ibibio tongue, this is the story of how resistance comes from the least expected places when there is bad leadership.Africa, Folktales.
06:08 4/23/24
Lyechi gi Ochulu
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04:46 9/10/22
Ngechi gi thako pere
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04:35 8/31/22
Omuwala no'muwemba
the orphan that was kidnapped by an ape on her way to look for her sister after escaping her step mother's torture Africa, Folktales.
07:22 8/10/22
Gwoki gi rombo
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04:23 7/31/22
Omugole omuchafu no'muyonjo
two brothers who went to get a bride but she chose the wrong man because her groom was dirty.Africa, Folktales.
03:07 7/10/22
Nyiri abiryo majukitho dimo yeni gi fono chwoga.
The seven girls that went to pick firewood and bush berriesAfrica, Folktales.
06:22 7/6/22
Omwishiki ayazirwe n'embeela eyokureeta ekyanda omumwanya oguyabeire arimu, abazaire be bakaguma nibafuruka ahabwokureeta ekyanda eyi babeire batuuraAfrica, Folktales.
10:25 11/30/21
Kahigi n'Orukooko
omuhigi, ayaitsire orukooko, rukagaruka nk'omukazi murungi, akamushwera . omukazi akamwehindukana kumwitaAfrica, Folktales.
06:27 11/7/21
Marebe n'Ekikooko
Omwishiki ayabeire natuura na munyanya omuriisa, ekikooko kikaija kikamuryaAfrica, Folktales.
12:29 10/31/21
Nshemera na Kirenga
omwishi omurungi, owo'mulamu yayenzire kubyama nawe, akamwanga, atyo akamwiitaAfrica, Folktales.
07:03 10/7/21
omwishiki aya bengire abashaija, omwe omuri abo, akamuroga kuribwa entare ku ariba nashwerwaAfrica, Folktales.
07:13 9/30/21
Muhara gwa Nkungu
Ekigano ky'omwaana ateine nyina ou mukeishe yabehereire ngu akaamire muhara gwa nkungu atyo akeshereka omukibira.Africa, Folktales.
05:52 9/8/21
Kasabina n'Orukooko
Ekigano kyomweishiki owazeirwe omukyaaro kitarimu beishiki, barikureibwa orukooko batakashunire mabeere. Reeru nyina akaba owamagyezi, akamiushereka omu ibaare.Africa, Folktales.
09:15 8/31/21
Nyamwiire n'Enjoka
Ekigano ky'omweishiki murungi Nyamweire owu Ishe yaasigyireho atyo akanywana enjoka, atarikumanya ngu ni ntabani y'Omugabe.Africa, Folktales.
11:01 7/31/21
Birungi n'Akanyonyi
Ekigano ky'Omweishiki murungi Birungi Ou Ishe yaremeire, atyo akatsigurwa akanyonyi kahumbire.Africa, Folktales.
08:01 7/1/21
Ekyigano ky'omutsigazi hamwe na munyaanya abeitsirwe enjara bakasharamu kukora orufu.Africa, Folktales.
06:10 2/23/21
Omukeikuru, Omugabe, hamwe n'ekyoozi.
Obu omukeikuru yatungire ekyoozi kyokutangaaza kwonka mutabani w'omugabe akakyimutwaaraho.Africa, Folktales.
22:24 12/17/20
Rwakifeera and Bajaaja (The couple who slayed a monster with their nine children)
The story of Rwakifeera (literally meaning the stupid man) and his witty wife Bajaaja. Although the man lacked compassion, intelligence and skills, his witty and loving wife held the family together through famine, monsters and more to protect her husband and her nine children. It celebrates standing up for those who are not as privileged as us, including those who may not have a good head on their shoulders.Africa, Folktales.
20:45 11/6/20
Ente Kahogo
Obu Wakame yatambira ente Kahogo obutariibwa WarucuncuAfrica, Folktales.
10:04 10/10/20
Ekiteta (The girl who could not speak until she had to)
The story of Burungi Bwa Nkwanzi, a girl born unable to speak until one day her parents left her home alone with her adventurous sisters. While on an adventure, they are faced with a task to sing for a rising lake and the girl must learn to use her voice. The story celebrates sisterhood and the general need for affirmation and support in order to rise to our full potential.Africa, Folktales.
07:50 10/6/20
Kasabina (The girl who was hidden in a cave).
The story of a village that had no girls until one woman gave birth to a girl and forced the village to come together and face their fears and get their girls back.This episode was supported by Africalia with the Creativity is Life grant.Africa, Folktales.
10:21 9/6/20
Bukwanzi Bwa Ndagara & Munda Mugoye (A girl born to die).
The story of a family who had a special child they loved so much they couldn't bring themselves to let her go even if she brought droughts and famine with them wherever they went until she decided to sacrifice herself to save their world and bring rain.The production of this episode was supported by Africalia with the Creativity is Life grant.Africa, Folktales.
14:13 8/7/20