African Folktales with Miss Jo Jo

African Folktales with Miss Jo Jo

African Folktales with Miss Jo Jo is a Webby Award-winning children's podcast of diverse short stories originating in Africa, originally passed down through generations by word of mouth. These traditional tales told with a new twist, are not only entertaining but serve to teach a lesson as well. Sometimes of a moral value and other times of survival. Tune in and share with a friend.


March 26, 2024 14 mins
Today our magic jeep visits a couple and their dog from a faraway land! Make sure to listen closely for the bell. The bell will ring when I say the “Magic Word of the Story.” Listen all the way to the end to discover if you guessed it correctly, and have fun!
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Today our magic jeep takes us to visit a Mother Goat and her kids, who live in a beautiful house right by the mountains. When Mother Goat needs to gather grass, she leaves the young ones at home and warns them not to open the door for anyone who doesn’t know her special song. But when sneaky Hyena figures it out, what happens next? Tune in to find out!
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March 12, 2024 8 mins
Today our magic jeep brings us to a land where everyone seems to have bad luck. No matter how hard they try to get rid of it, nothing works! It will take the smart thinking of a group of ants to break the cycle. How will they manage to do it?
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Today our magic jeep visits our friend Hyena, who is determined to win the Queen’s special prize – a magical flute that plays on its own! The only problem is that in order to do so, he must find out what the secret phrase is. How will Hyena figure it out? Come along on our adventure to see what he thinks of!
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February 27, 2024 12 mins
Today our magic jeep travels back to a time when crows and hawks played together. We’ll meet Koongoo′roo, the captain of the crows, and Mway′way, leader of the hawks. When the two sides are caught up in a game of steal-the-bottlecap, the crows realize there are far too many hawks to defeat. Clever Koongoo′roo must then come up with a way for his team to win. What does he have planned? Join Miss Jo Jo to find out!
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February 20, 2024 15 mins
Today our magic jeep travels to a distant kingdom, where we’ll meet a spoiled princess named Hadiza. After she demands more and more gold from her father, trouble arises when the king’s warriors steal gold from a terrible monster. It’s up to Hadiza to make things right again…but will she succeed? Listen to find out what happens next!
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February 13, 2024 6 mins
Today we are bubbling our way to Frogs farm! We see how a kind act went too far. Find out how one frog got so excited to say thank you to everyone that it backfired. Is it better to sometimes work smarter than harder?
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Today our magic jeep visits Father Anansi and his son Keku, who have a very scary encounter with a dragon! When it snatches them away and locks them up in its castle, the clever Keku must find a way to save everyone. What will his plan be?
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January 30, 2024 7 mins
Today our magic jeep takes us to where a Warthog has built a nice big house. But the Warthog sees the Lion from one of our old stories and he becomes very scared. The Warthog runs into his home and decides to try out an old trick he heard from the Jackal, not knowing that the Lion has a very good memory. In this story, I will teach you why the Warthog likes to be on the ground!
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January 23, 2024 8 mins
Today our magic jeep takes us to where a man named Ali wishes to set out and earn a fortune for him and his wife. After some work, Ali has enough money to buy two camels. But he soon ends up giving away his camels for some valuable advice from the fortune teller. Will this advice end up paying off for Ali? Miss JoJo is here to let you know!
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January 16, 2024 10 mins
Today our magic jeep takes us to Accra! We follow a young man who learns about a mysterious person. Yonde goes on a long adventure and learns some valuable lessons along the way. Is having all the money in the world really that important. Can money buy happiness?
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January 9, 2024 9 mins
Today our magic jeep visits Chief Zewdu and his sister Fana, who live deep in the savanna with a group of baboons. Despite being the leader, Zewdu notices the other monkeys bossing each other around! Join us on our adventure to find out how Zewdu and Fana bring order to this rowdy bunch!
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January 2, 2024 12 mins
Today our magic jeep brings us to a small town, where we meet Magala the tailor and his son, Jabulani! The young boy is given a pet sheep by his father…which soon starts talking! Jabulani tries telling his father, but Magala won’t believe him. What happens next? Tag along with Miss Jo Jo to find out!
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January 1, 2024 7 mins
IMANI - FAITH - to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. Kwanzaa Time with Aunti Oni series ends by highlighting the 7th principle of IMANI, Faith. Based on a Native American folktale, a loving Grandfather teaches his grandchildren the importance of having faith in yourself and making the right choices. STORY CREDIT: THE IMANI TREE by On...
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December 31, 2023 5 mins
Description: UJIMA: KUUMBA - CREATIVITY, to always do as much as we can, in any way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Aunti Oni shares her creativity with her poem “Kwanzaa All The Time” Aunti invites kids to show off their creativity and rap along with her. ! To create their own poem about Kwanzaa and a shout out for everyone to practice the principles of Kwanzaa year round...
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December 30, 2023 12 mins
NIA - PURPOSE, to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Listeners get a glimpse into the learning experience of little Nia Wilhemina on day 5 of Kwanzaa Time! Nia learns the ‘purpose’ of her name and how the determination of other African Americans shaped many inventions we use today.
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December 29, 2023 11 mins
UJAMAA - COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS - to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. Listeners will experience the true story of a businesswoman, Maggie Lena Walker.,1864-1934 Miss Walker was the first African American owner of a bank, newspaper, and department store in Richmond, Virginia. Enjoy learning about this trailblazer of cooperative economics, in her own words.  STORY CREDIT:...
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December 28, 2023 7 mins
UJIMA: COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY - to build and maintain our community together and make our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve them together. In this episode of Kwanzaa Time! w Aunti Oni travels to North Philly where young brother Kai practices UJIMA, the 3rd principle of Kwanzaa. His first haircut changes his life, and in the process, he learns of being responsible to himself and his community during...
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December 27, 2023 8 mins
KUJICHAGULIA-SELF DETERMINATION, to define ourselves, speak for ourselves, instead of being defined and spoken for by others. Day 2 of Kwanzaa Time! continues with the story of Kuji. A young man whose attitude of determination and willingness to serve others, won the respect of his teacher, and his classmates.  STORY CREDIT: KUJI'S CHOICE - by Oni Lasana
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December 26, 2023 8 mins
UMOJA - UNITY, to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.  This delightful Day 1 of Kwanzaa Time!  Aunti Oni tells of Mr. Anthologist, who travels from North America to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to learn the ways of the people. But what Mr. Anthologists learned was a lesson - in sharing, caring, and unity. STORY CREDIT: UBUNTU! South African folktale, adapted by Oni Lasana
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