West African Folk Tales

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.4 stars; 40 reviews)

A collection of folk tales mostly centered around Anansi. In West African lore Anansi is known as a trickster god, and is often depicted as either a spider, a human or a combination of both. Thus many of the stories are attempts by Anansi to trick others for his own gain. Other stories are about why certain animals act in certain ways. (Summary by Lizzie Driver) (2 hr 35 min)


How We Got the Name "Spider Tales" 3:39 Read by Lizzie Driver
How Wisdom Became the Property of the Human Race 2:55 Read by Lizzie Driver
Anansi and Nothing 4:18 Read by roolynninms
Thunder and Anansi 6:53 Read by Eva-Marie Quinones
Why the Lizard Moves his Head up and Down 6:55 Read by Ezwa
Tit for Tat 5:11 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Why White Ants Always Harm Man's Property 4:24 Read by Shurtagal
The Squirrel and the Spider 3:28 Read by Esther
Why We See Ants Carrying Bundles 5:26 Read by roolynninms
Why Spiders are Always Found in Corners 4:32 Read by Esther
Anansi and the Blind Fisherman 2:30 Read by Shurtagal
Adzanumee and her Mother 3:13 Read by David Barnes
The Grinding-stone that Ground Flour by Itself 4:31 Read by Esther
Morning Sunrise 2:29 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Why the Sea-turtle Beats its Breast 2:19 Read by Tammi L. Coles
How Beasts and Serpents Came into the World 7:33 Read by Lizzie Driver
Honourable Minu 2:44 Read by Esther
Why the Moon and Stars Get Light from the Sun 5:21 Read by Julian Jamison
Ohia and the Thieving Deer 9:31 Read by Christabel
How the Tortoise got its Shell 3:45 Read by Esther
The Hunter and the Tortoise 3:25 Read by Eva-Marie Quinones
Kwofi and the Gods 2:16 Read by Christabel
The Lion and the Wolf 2:28 Read by Esther
Maku Mawu and Maku Fia 8:08 Read by hefyd
The Robber and the Old Man 2:21 Read by Esther
The Leopard and the Ram 3:44 Read by Esther
Why the Leopard only Catches Prey on its Left 2:00 Read by Christabel
Quarcoo Bah-Boni 8:57 Read by hefyd
King Chameleon and the Animals 3:58 Read by Tammi L. Coles
To Lose an Elephant for the Sake of a Wren 3:09 Read by Christabel
The Ungrateful Man 3:54 Read by Christabel
Why Tigers never Attack Men Unless they are Provoked 3:11 Read by hefyd
The Omanhene Who Liked Riddles 6:55 Read by hefyd
How Mushrooms First Grew 4:32 Read by hefyd
Farmer Mybrow and the Fairies 5:21 Read by hefyd


(4 stars)

Interesting and unusual tales from Africa. Well read by various volunteers.


(4 stars)

Nice to hear stories from my country!! Me and my sister and brother loved them very much!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

great stories

(4 stars)

Good stories. Some readers hard to understand though.