Just as our fairy tales begin with "Once upon a time" African fables and fairy tales begin with “hapo zamani zakalee” in Swahili, a popular language spoken in Africa.
Folk Tales on the Animal Kingdom
An evil shark, a cruel baboon, a scheming tortoise, and a cunning hare are the tricksters among the many animal characters in African stories. Nick Greaves has collected some of these tales in his book "When Hippo was hairy".
Fairy Tales and Romantic Fables
Some of the African folk tales tell about old kingdoms, about chiefs and princesses. The stories usually don’t end with the words we’re used to hearing – “and they lived happily ever after.” More often, they teach a lesson – and the hero has to learn the lesson the hard way.
Anansi, the tricky Spider and other fairy Tales from West Africa
You surely know Spider Man, the guy who climbs sky scrapers. Did you know, that the story of spider man is originated in West Africa? Hundreds of years ago African people were deported from Africa to America as slaves. They took with them nothing but their music and their stories. The most prominent were the Anansi stories which have been handed down through generations.