Motivational African Storytellers KS1/2

Available 22nd to 26th May for schools in the North of England

Transport your school to Africa. Awaken imagination and cultural understanding.

We’ve hand picked two of the best African Storytellers who will mesmerise and inspire your pupils with ancient tales that have never been more relevant.

Discover the power of stories for personal and emotional development on this exclusive tour of Primary schools.


Alim Kamara ‘The Griot’Alim Kamara attire.JPG

Traditional African Storytelling and drumming meets contemporary African Rap.Clothed in the finest African attire, Alim introduces himself as the ‘Griot’ or storyteller. Delving into his memory bank Alim hands out beautiful treasures of folklore, myths, fairy tales, poetry, and proverbs to motivate your pupils and help them realise their potential.

He dives into sessions of interactive games and stories that culminate in discussion about what has been learned from these ancient tales. Through the power of story, your pupils will explore what confidence is, and how they can build it and their self worth.

Hear the children shouting ‘I AM AWESOME’ then turning to each other saying ‘YOU ARE AWESOME.’ The day closes with a rap entitled ‘Mama’, about appreciating your guardians/parents.

'...the children were not only educated through challenging misconceptions, but were also empowered to believe in themselves and have a positive outlook.' Simone Lavinier, Teacher, Langtons Junior Academy


Usifu Jalloh ‘The Cowfoot Prince’usifu with hat (1).jpg

Born in Sierra Leone, Usifu is an energetic storyteller, who  introduces children to West African traditions and cultures.

He will take the children on ‘The Cowfoot Journey’ around the continent of Africa, they will clap, sway and dance to the beat of his drumming as he transports them to the very villages where his tales took place. See the women and men, taste the fruit, touch the trees and feel the soil beneath your bare feet.


“I nearly burst with excitement......Never in my whole entire life have I seen anything like it before!” Jasmine - a pupil in Chyngton Primary school about Usifu Jalloh

Usifu provides the cultural insight a general tourist might never discover. As children listen to Usifu’s amazing stories they will rediscover magic and wisdom from times past, not merely to entertain and motivate, but to awaken desire and passion for fulfilling their potential in the world.


Both Alim and Usifu are experts in their field. If the offer here isn’t quite what you are looking for they have numerous workshop offers. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll do the rest.


Supports these curriculum areas

  • English

  • Geography

  • Music

  • History                             

  • Drama

  • World Cultures

Storytelling improves

  • Speaking & listening

  • Language & vocabulary

  • Communication skills                                  

  • Participation

  • Learning & thinking skills

  • Literacy & creative writing                                                                     

  • Composition

  • Spoken English

  • Cultural understanding

  • Emotional & social development

Storytelling creates

  • Confident individuals

  • Effective contributors

  • Successful learners

Settle Stories Guarantee

Settle Stories is an arts charity in the Yorkshire Dales. We use the transformative power of story and the arts to change lives. 

Through our Learning Programme we have built strong relationships with schools across the north of England and now work with over 6,000 young people a year. 

Alongside our Learning Programme, we run year round events for adults and families including the flagship Settle Stories Festival. Our work has been featured by the Guardian, BBC, & ITV. We are highly successful at gaining media coverage of storytellers visiting schools. We have been working in partnership with schools for over seven years and pride ourselves in selecting the highest quality storytellers so you don’t have to.

100% of the schools we worked with in 2015/16 would recommend us.


For a chat about the work of the storytellers available, contact Natalie Dalkiran or Charles Tyrer

Phone: 07827961091 or 01729 822292




If you’re looking for something specific that you don’t see on offer, get in touch. Settle Stories is the largest storytelling organisation in the North of England and works with an extensive range of professional storytellers.