Bokobokids in Groningen

Widar Vrijeschool, The Netherlands
Merwedestraat 41, 9725 KA Groningen, The Netherlands
May 19, 2023
10:00
- 12:00 Local Time
Reina-Flor Okori, Phoebe Darmowiredjo, Wakanyi Hoffman
Storytelling, Face painting, Village
On a beautiful day in May, the skies were blue and the sun was shining. Bokobokids village was bursting with color at the Widar Vrijeschool in the northern province of Groningen, in The Netherlands.

Description

Based on the Waldorf school philosophy which teaches the heart, head, and hands, the school held a spring market to showcase the best of crafting by hand through a community gathering of parents, grandparents, and friends of the school. Bokobokids was invited to showcase our philosophy of empowering children to tell stories through the oral African tradition and unleash their inner wisdom by tapping into ancient African knowledge.

About this Event

On a beautiful day in May, the skies were blue and the sun was shining. Bokobokids village was bursting with color at the Widar Vrijeschool in the northern province of Groningen, in The Netherlands.

The Village was set up. Benches were cushioned with African-printed throw pillows, Maasai shukas (blankets), and hand-made trinkets to inspire a feeling of being inside a contemporary African traditional hut. We also had an in-house djembe drummer, who is also a master Kora player. His soulful drumming was the perfect invitation to gather at the circle and witness an enchanting storytelling session by Phoebe who is one of our very own Bokobokids storytellers.

Phoebe’s immediate heritage can be traced to a multicultural ethnicity in Suriname which includes Indian and Chinese roots. However, when she took to the stage, her storytelling revealed her ancient African heritage through her beautifully mastered rendition of Madiba and the Magic Baobab Tree.

The theme of our gathering was the baobab. Inside The Village was a sampling of delicious homemade baobab juice made by Reina Flor, who is one of our Bokobokids co-founders, and an inspiring nutritional health expert with an impressive career as a former Olympian. One of our educational pillars is nutritional health and the baobab drink was our offering to our visitors as a way to promote healthy and natural living. The baobab juice was quite popular with the children, some of who came back for second, third, or more helpings.

There were various activities to keep our young visitors occupied, such as tribal art face painting. At some point, the children made a long beeline waiting patiently to get their faces painted like African warriors, princes, or princesses.

The day was filled with laughter and smiling faces of children who expressed genuine appreciation for the warmth and welcoming feeling that they felt inside The Village.