Hi, my name is Ritah, and I am the co-founder of Yuniya. The name YUNIYA is the name of my late grandmother. A matriarch, an elder, a storyteller!
In August 2020, my son Malachi wanted to learn more about Africa. African Mythology immediately captured his attention. I set him tasks daily, and he asked even more questions each day.
One day he asked if we could rewrite the stories for him to share with his friends.
Months later, we rewrote and reimaged tales of divine creatures, African mythology, history, and culture.
We are now sharing these stories with families; nothing excites us more than seeing you enjoy these stories.
We are excited to have this opportunity to reimagine Africa's rich heritage and offer a fresh new voice to the stories told by our ancestors.
Why do these stories matter?
At the heart of these tales is the passing of traditions and ideas, ideals of good and evil, justice and forgiveness, codes of behaviour, and social order.
Throughout history, elders have been the keepers of our ancient secrets. Their lasting legacy is their gift of storytelling, passed down from generation to generation-fitting for a time when stories were not written but spoken in words.
But the truth is the old ways are getting lost in a new digital world.
So what better way to honour this age-old tradition than by keeping it alive?
Stories In Motion
We envision these stories flowing from ear to ear and beyond spaces:
Into libraries and classrooms, and playgrounds.
Into children's conversations.
Into children's storytime.