Ananse Stories

Kweku Ananse and The Mouthless Wife

Once upon a time, Kweku Ananse and his wife Aso decided to make a farm. They weeded day and night and cleared the farm. They started planting their crops and soon the yams and plantain they’ve planted yielded in manifolds. Ananse wanted all for himself because of his greediness, so He decided to pay a courtesy call to Almighty God. ...

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Kwaku Ananse: The Pot and The Whip

Once upon a time, there was famine in Kweku Ananse’s village. Ananse went into the forest every day to find food for his family. One day, as he roamed the forest, he saw a beautiful pot and said, “Pot, you are beautiful.” The pot replied, “I am called Let-it-be-full- and-eat.” Ananse shouted, “Let-it-be-full-and-eat.” To his astonishment, the pot immediately became ...

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Ananse: The Teacher

Once upon a time, Kweku Ananse decided to be a teacher. He set up a school in a village quite far from his own to teach the children of the animals who lived there. Some of the animals whose children came to the school included Osebo the leopard, Onini the python, Gyata the lion, and Osono the elephant. Ananse built ...

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Ananse: The Rich Farmer

Once upon a time, Kweku Ananse who was very poor sat down quietly in his village and thought of how to be rich. “I have a wife and only four sons to look after yet life is being cruel and wicked to me”, he thought. The very next day, he went to all the houses of the rich people including ...

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Ananse: The Gum Statue

In the time that all animals still lived together, there once lived a spider called Ananse. He lived in a village with his relatives and all kinds of other animals: hyena, porcupine, squirrel, guineafowl, the chameleon, the warthog and many, many more… Ananse was one of the village elders, and one day he summoned all his friends and relations to ...

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