Storytelling has been the spine of African heritage for as long as Oral Traditions have had a voice.
In Africa, stories are used to pass down knowledge, wisdom, and experiences from one generation to the next. It has been a way of preserving and advancing culture.
We use storytelling as a vehicle to create a positive African self-image and encourage Africans to understand each other through the story they share.
Hadithi ya Africa borrows its name from the language of kiSwahili, and means “The story of Africa”.
Our vision is to create a positive African self-image by encouraging Africans to understand each other. We do this through three avenues Storytelling, inter Africa travel and African Restoration Projects.
Hadithi ya Africa creates a safe space for communities to tell their stories and lived experiences openly for the entertainment and education of the collective.
Through music driven storytelling, social issues such as racism, sexism, domestic violence, alcoholism, xenophobia, LGBTI* are shared and discussed leading to increased tolerance and understanding within and between our communities.
Hadithi ya Africa operates live events in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and eMalahleni with the intention of establishing a storytelling hub in every city in Africa.
Inspired by The Moth, We launched our live storytelling format a the basement of the Bannister Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Storytellers we curated by theme and backed by a live band. The audiance reaction was the fuel we needed to start expanding the format to eMalahleni.
Cyclone Idai ravaged the Southeastern coast of Africa, disrupting lives and damaging property. We joined the global humanitarian effort to alleviate the suffering by collecting and delivering 3o tonnes of food and clothing. In this period we also expanded to Gqeberha and East London in the Eastern Cape.
2019 is also the year we launched our Ultimate Storyteller Contest.
With COVID shutting down in-person events, we took the opportunity to evolve and embrace the online space as a tool for storytelling.
We opened up our contest to the whole of Africa. Participants from 19 African countries responded, making our contest the biggest storytelling platform in Africa
We started 2021 with the mindset of professionalising and formalising the organisation. We also made the decision to expand the contest to more countries than ever before. This will require us to make strategic partnerships and court sponsors.