3) Why do you adopt the style of writing used in The Magic Calabash?

1) Why do you present Erubami the way you do in The Magic Calabash?

1) Prof Pierre Gomez: What major factors motivated you to come up with The Magic Calabash?
Seven Magic Calabashes
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2) Who are the major targeted audiences you had in mind for The Magic Calabash?
Kubuka and the Magic Calabash
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Afua and the Magic Calabash
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Kubuka & The Magic Calabash

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  • TAG : The Magic Calabash - Gamwriters
  • ‘Kubuka and the Magic Calabash’ will enthrall children old and young, thanks to a storyline with as many kinks and curls in it as the tail of the intrepid little monkey that it follows.

    Amanzi is distraught and he entrusts the little monkey with a mission: to retrieve the magic calabash from Zaka and bring it back to him. Only once the calabash is back in Amanzi’s possession, will the rains fall again on Africa.

  • There is a sequel to Kubuka & The Magic Calabash, coming soon – as soon as the illustrations have been completed. Its working title is: Kubuka and the Elephants Secret. This time, the story mainly takes place in the rugged mountains… quite far from Kubuka’s home range…

    Well, there is a section in Kubuka & The Magic Calabash, where Bazi and Kubuka are waiting for sunset, and to pass the time Bazi tells Kubuka the legend of how the Giraffe came to have such a long neck. It is a Central African story, probably of Nguni origin, and I gave it a bit of a twist during the re-telling.

  • “I wanted to get in touch to ask you a favour. I recently read my children your great book Kubuka and the magic Calabash.
    I really liked the story inside the book of how the giraffe got his long neck, and was thinking it would make a great picture book story for younger children. I’m looking for a story to illustrate to sell to raise money for to support school trusts in Northern Kenya. The schools are supported by a UK charity but also by the Kenya Wildlife Service as they are located close to game parks. So the giraffe theme would be great.
    The books could be written in swahili and English. Used by the younger kids and sold to raise money for the school trusts. I wonder whether you would give me permission to use the story or might even like to edit it yourself for this purpose?”

Nana Grey-Johnson (Author of The Magic Calabash)

One of the most surprising things that have happened since the launch of Kubuka & The Magic Calabash was when an experimental drama school in the Eastern Cape, took the story and turned it into a play.