Yoruba's culture and stories
are at the heart of West African culture - and much of African American culture as it evolved over the centuries. Sadly, these stories have largely been lost to descendants, along with the culture and values embedded in them.
The Yoruba Story Project
brings together a Yoruba storyteller from Lagos (Titi
) with a transformational storyteller from New York (Jim
) to record, learn, and perform these stories in communities across North America.
Your contributions will help continue our efforts to visit and record traditional Yoruba storytellers in West Africa, who tell their stories as only those who live in the culture can. Once our collection is complete, performances tuned and attire crafted, then we can begin to share these stories live with communities here. You can see our first rough video here
Your funds will help with local travel, filming and production costs, two international flights, and preliminary performance costs. Our goal is to visit at least five major US cities and secure support for a documentary film.As an incentive, we are offering supporters the following rewards:
* $25 - named as an "Assistant Producer" in our credits
* $75 - monthly video conferences with Titi and Jim
* $175 - personal video call with Titi and Jim
* $250 - named as a "Producer" in our credit
* $500 - two VIP seats and special reception at one of our performances
* $1,000 - a house concert at your home or venue (excluding travel expenses)
* $2,500 - a week for two in Lagos to visit story sites (excluding airfare)
Naturally, each reward includes all the perks before it.Thank you so much for your support!
Visit our Yoruba Project page
for regular updates!