West African Folktales

Tricksters and animals play an important role in West African folklore with stories that entertain but serve a moral purpose.

Traditions and local tales revel in the antics of these characters: from Nigeria to Benin, from the cunning spider god Anansi to Agemo, the chameleon spirit deity of the Yoruba people, animals teach humans to farm, to love, to survive and thrive, and offer inspiration for moral purpose.