About Storyteller J'miah Nabawi
A native of Philadelphia, PA, J'miah Nabawi is an award-winning, multi-faceted storyteller. His storytelling and reading-aloud programming reflect the traditional story-dance-musical storytelling drama found in many parts of Africa and its Diaspora. J’miah also tells and adapt stories from around the world. Through his presentations, he has often served as Cultural Ambassador, Program Host and Parent Engagement Facilitator at various venues presenting culturally entertaining, family-friendly, children’s programs and educational workshops. Bilingual in Spanish and a polyglot of sorts, J’miah has shared his brand of high-spirited storytelling across the U.S. and Mexico in schools; museums; colleges and universities; religious and Mind, Body, Spirit organizations. During his career, J’miah has often used his talent and name to bring community awareness to social causes and services for the benefit of children, uninsured women and families; drug intervention; teen motivation; the homeless; elder-care; immigrant communities; support for our military veterans and their families. In recognition of giving back to his community and surrounding areas, J’miah is an esteemed recipient of the "ORACLE Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership, Southeast Region, for the contributions he’s made to his community through storytelling," awarded by the National Storytelling Network (NSN) of Jonesborough, TN.
~ The Elijah Agency
"J'miah's understanding of all things Zora and his infectious storytelling style are a treat for listeners and readers of all ages. J'miah reworks Zora's philosphy and presents her thoughts in a new light that captivates those already familiar with the writings of Zora Neale Hurston. For those kids who have not yet discovered Zora Neale Hurston, J'miah ushers them into a fabulous world filled with rhythm and contagious laughter with a healthy dose of love and wisdom. Zora Neale Hurston and J'miah Nabawi are great for your mind and soul!"
— Julie Bascom, Youth Services Director, Hilton Head Branch Public Library, Hilton Head Island, SC
Here's what others have to say about his work:
"Mr. Nabawi is one of Savannah's most visible and favored storytellers. He has been the community's choice for various festivities, with no barriers on race, ethnicity, or age. Whether it is through the Live Oak Public Libraries, The Telfair Museum, local churches, schools, universities, the leadership and service that he continues to provide through his profession is legendary here amongst Savannahians."
—Dr. Otis S. Johnson, Former Mayor of Savannah, GA
"We know that you have done this today, not for yourself, but for the ultimate good of our children and the betterment of their lives. We fully realize that it will take work and dedication but we are willing to accept the task gladly. We start with faith in ourselves, faith in our children and with a firm hope in what will come tomorrow. I know I speak for everyone here when I thank Mr. Nabawi for sharing his expertise and his insights with us. I know that I have profited from being here, and in the name of us all, I thank you for caring enough to come."
—Sarah E. Boyd, Principal, Williamsburg County Magnet School of the Arts, Kingstree, South Carolina
"The students at Jasper Elementary love J'miah. (The teachers at our school find him to be a full partner in curricular planning and implementation of lessons and units.) J'miah can tell stories, write and direct plays that are performed school-wide, teach small groups and make children laugh and smile. If he had a cape, he could fly . . . at least the children think so."
—Dr. Kathleen Thompson, Retired Arts Educator/Director of Cultural Projects (Georgia Council for the Arts)