Adwoa Badoe, trained as a physician in her native Ghana but has evolved quite naturally into an African Griot.
She is an AUTHOR, STORY TELLER, EDUCATOR and AFRICAN DANCE INSTRUCTOR and lives currently in Guelph Ontario. She grew up loving the traditional dances of Ghana, West Africa. Her interest in dance has led her to learn dances from other parts of Africa. Her classes and workshops have a unique and infectious vibrancy, capturing the essence of the people, their celebrations and their lives. Don’t miss the experience!
Adwoa's first Childrens book, Crabs for Dinner was published in 1995. Since then she has published over 14 books including The Queen's New Shoes, The Pot of Wisdom ( a collection of Ananse Stories) and Nana's Cold Days.
She also writes for markets in Africa through Macmillan Educational and Smartline Publishing: Memuna's Baby, A Wedding Story, Radio Rescue and Street Girls.
She has entertained audiences young and old with her story telling at the Toronto Story Telling Festival; Montreal Story Telling Festival; Eden Mills Writers Festival; Milton Writers Festival; The International Children's Festival of Mississauga; Hillside Festival and other places.
In collaboration with Kwame Badoe she wrote the story for The Dance of the Elifons - a sleep tape for children.
She has also written, choreographed and directed The River Bride, an African Dance and Drum Spoken Word performance.
She gives team building workshops to organizations, centred around stories, drum and dance- using a fun style of her creation called tandem telling.
She is a favorite for schools during Black History Celebrations in February. She has recently created participatory Black History Workshops and Performances for Schools and The Taste of Words a literacy work shop focussing on Storytelling.
Her many interests are managed under Readers and Rhythms which has become an effective community tool, reaching out to schools and communities in Ontario. She has partcipated in several fund raising benefits in and around Guelph. Save the Children benefit-Ojo Ayo Day, First United Church- Waterloo fund raiser for AIDS in Africa.
In December 2002 her studio directed and performed 'The Demise of the Hornbill' as a fund raising concert for the Guelph Food Bank.
Adwoa Badoe is supported enthusiasticallly by her family who all like stories and drumming!