International storyteller

"Mama Yaa"


Nana Yaa Asantewaa, affectionately known as Storyteller Mama Yaa is an international storyteller, playwright, artist and founder of the Arts Council of Louisville.  

A Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville, Mama Yaa's love of storytelling and art began with her family, specifically her grandmother. Her natural gifts, and captivating voice have carried her around the world! Mama Yaa has shared her artistry in the Virgin Islands, the African countries of Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Gambia, Gabon and the Ivory Coast as well as countless cities around the United States.  

She has received countless awards and accolades including the distinguished Governor's Community Artist Award, City of Louisville Merit Award and represented the city as a delegate to the 1994 International African and African American Summit. 
​As a Keeper of the African Oral Tradition, she is a featured storyteller of the prestigious South Carolina Original Gullah Festival. Look for her on KET "Telling Tales" Series at