How Kenyan folklore met the mainstream

Posted by uatemp13 at Aug 05, 2013 04:50 PM |
University of Leicester graduate and author of books on African folk tales interviewed
How Kenyan folklore met the mainstream

East African When Stories, 1968

Respected author Pamela Kola, who studied Education Psychology and Curriculum Development at the University, has recently been interviewed by Daily Nation. The interview details Kola’s life and her love for education and literature, including her thesis on African folktales that she wrote while studying at the University of Leicester, and features quotes from the respected author.

Kola has been entertaining readers for years with her writing. Her first trilogy was published between 1966 and 1968: East African Why Stories (1966); East African How Stories (1966); and East African When Stories (1968). Kola’s books appeal to both children and adult readers alike, combining animal imagery with greater meanings. Some of her more famous stories include How the Leopard Got His Spots and Why the Hyenas Laugh. Kola’s stories were adapted from oral tales handed down the generations among the Luo, where she originates from. She wrote the stories in Luo, the language in which the they were told to her, and then initially selected ten and translated them into English.

Kola made history as the first African teacher at the Kenya High School on May 1, 1965. Since then she has gone on to be a founding member of the National Book Development Council and executive director of the Centre for Research, Communication and Gender in Early Childhood Development.

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