The final performance in our New Folk(lore) series!
"The Legend of Fankobaa" by Alice Otchere Johnson is a feminist reclamation of a lost myth around the name Fankobaa from the Swedru area of coastal Ghana. Using song, storytelling, and a trio of gods and goddesses, Johnson leads her audience through an exploration of what happens when humans neglect their traditions and their environment
Alice Otchere Johnson is a creative passionate about telling stories in front of (performing/presenting) and behind the camera or audience (writing, directing, and producting). She has training in both veins, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Education, Winneba and training in Film and TV production from GBC TV/Film training school respectively. She has worked with various organizations such as Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Writer’s Project of Ghana, Face2face Africa and Accra Architectural Archive to churn out text, audio and video content for social media and other traditional media in the form of Articles, TV and radio shows. She is an ambivert who is constantly exploring other mediums to express herself artistically. She has an undying enthusiasm to acquire new knowledge and aspire to be a blessing with that knowledge in anyway possible.
The New Folk(lore) project brings together 10 individual performing artists to create works inspired by Ghanaian folklore and centered around the theme "Rewriting Folklore for Now". These artists are solo performers whose practice is in music, dance and associated genres, and who are working to see how stories can change our perspectives. Presentations will be made as five chapters over from July to November 2021, with two artists presenting their work for each chapter.
Project Mentors: Kofi 'Beatmenace' Ansah & Vivian Boateng
This project is made possible with support from the Institute Francaise d'Accra