Savannah Storyteller Wins National Award

J'miah Nabawi has been a professional storyteller for the last 20 years. He's on top of the world as he takes children on adventures through storytelling.

This summer, he has racked up some well-deserved awards for his outstanding work with children, including the National Storytelling Network's Oracle Award for leadership and service. He also won a National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts. The organization gives the award to master artists.

"To receive the award was really awesome," Nabawi said. "Just the idea of being nominated was a like wow! My work is being recognized and I have to go to this National Storytelling Network Convention to get it. I felt like I was at the Grammys."

The National Storytelling Network calls him a one-man ambassador for storytelling throughout Chatham and surrounding counties.

Because of the grant, Nabawi will get a chance to work with an apprentice on selected works from the African American oral traditions of this region of coastal Georgia. We'll keep you posted on the first presentation, along with the Armstrong Atlantic State Anointed Gospel Choir.

Reported by: Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com