Moral Dilemma with Nyef Nyef Stories at #FatumasVoiceNairobi
Stories spark our imagination. We create colour in our human experience by telling narratives that preserve our histories, cultures, religious practises, knowledge and bonds. Humans are storytelling organisms that both individually and socially, lead storied lives. So what is this Moral Dilemma all about?
Stories mirror human thought as humans think in narrative structures and most often remember facts in story form. Facts can be understood as smaller versions of a larger story, thus storytelling can supplement analytical thinking. Because storytelling requires auditory and visual senses from listeners, one can learn to organize their mental representation of a story, recognize structure of language and express his or her thoughts.
Muthoni Garland, founding member of Storymoja, and her graceful illustrious team of multi-talented storytellers dubbed Nyef Nyef Stories, come to engage our minds at Fatuma’s Voice this Saturday with stories that will provoke thought and emotions. Moral Dilemma is a session characterized by short stories that will lead to an interactive discussion in a bid to help us understand the value of telling our stories and the power narratives have in our lives.
Have we forgotten how to tell our stories? Have our lives been so much engulfed with western cultures that we have forgotten our roots? Are there stories we can tell about our experiences today that would help us improve how we relate to each other both in urban and rural settings?
Think of yourself as an instrument; then imagine what music you can play, how different it would sound and just how important your sound would be. That’s the power you’ve got as a child of the universe.
Nigerian novelist, Ben Okri, couldn’t have put it better when he said,
“To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art.”
See you on Saturday.