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Folktale character Kwaku Anansi African 'god of knowledge of all stories'

It became a way of transferring one's culture from generations to generations.


Folktale character Kwaku Anansi African 'god of knowledge of all stories'
It became a way of transferring one's culture from generations to generations. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kwaku Anansi is a folktale character of West Africa imbibed with human characteristics taken from the Akan culture.

Akan people are the ones who dominate the region of Ivory Coast as well as Ghana. The largest and wide group in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Akan people are believed to be originating from the Sahel region and the Savannah.

The tribe as a whole is considered to be as old as the famous, dense Congo forest. The tribe are quite religious and the contemporary ones are mostly Christians.

One of the most important characters of the tribe Kwaku Anansi has travelled across the world so as to find a home for himself in places such as Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles.

The character Kwaku is an amalgamation of many traits such as wit, wisdom and knows tactics to survive in a difficult situation.

The stories in which he is narrated about represent him as way too smart and mostly ends up in an embarrassing situation.

The character is an important part of the oral culture of West Africa. The exact time of the birth of the character is unknown. His stories are an important part of the childhood of many kids and are known as Anansesem in Akan culture which means "Anansi Stories".

Anansi also stood as a bridge between the slaves and their connection to their self, culture and heritage. In the Caribbean, Kwaku is represented as "god of knowledge of all stories". It became a way of transferring one's culture from generations to generations.

The character also became part of comics all across the globe. It also the hit the theatres when it was adopted for a movie by Akosua Adoma Owusu in 2013. The movie ended up with the Best Short Film at the 9th African Movies Academy Awards.


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