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Students will learn about the various myths, gods and folklore found all over West Africa The topics covered will be the various West African gods, monsters and spirits from West African folklore, and some funny folk tales based in those mythologies. My class will be structured along the hierarchy of stories assigned to the various pantheons. For example, with a new area we will start with stories involving the gods, then later down to spirits, then down to mythical humans. This will give an...
Students will learn about the various West African mythologies. These will range from the mythologies of the Igbo people to even the people of the ancient Songhai empire. The topic will cover their gods, their spirits, and even how some of the pantheons were even structured. Many of these stories told will also be parables in nature, stories that had life lessons, and for some stories that end with weird lessons, the context behind them will be explained.
I am a researcher of African History and Mythology since 2011. I have been at the research department of the African History section of the Smithsonian for 3 years. I myself am West African and have collected some of the stories from the actual locations they are from. I have been educating on these myths for 2 years on other platforms.
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35 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
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Chidumebi Ikechi Njoku-Browne
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