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Anansesem and Contemporary Education

The term Anansesem refers to the storytelling tradition of the Akan-speaking people of West Africa. The word, when translated to English, means “Ananse stories” or “Spider tales.” Anansesem encompass the performative art of storytelling associated with Ananse, “the Spider,” in the Twi dialect of Akan. During the transatlantic slave trade, Ananse traveled from West Africa to the Americas, where his stories became an important tool of resistance to European domination.

Ananse’s Significance: Historical Context

Ananse (also spelled Anancy and Anansi in the Anglophone world) traces his origins to West Africa among the Asante people of Ghana. In Asante folklore, stories belonged to Nyame—the Sky God or Supreme Creator. Legend has it that Ananse wanted to be named the king of all stories. As ...

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