A culture promoter, Mr Louis Eriomala, on Wednesday in Lagos called for inclusion of storytelling in school curricula and engagement of unemployed youths as storytellers.
Eriomala, Lagos Director, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that storytelling would improve alertness in children and ease unemployment tension.
According to him, many Nigerian children lack alertness due to playfulness.
He said that storytelling would also develop children’s sense of listening, ability to visualise, and create imageries in their minds.
The director added that storytelling would serve as a means of relaxation and help the listener to appreciate the environment in which the stories were being relayed.
Eriomala told newsmen that storytelling could also help in mental healing.
“There are instances whereby storytelling helped in mental healing; an insane person is healed via listening to stories,” he said.
He said that unemployed youths could be trained as storytellers.
“We can begin to have storytellers at relaxation centres, tourist sites, and they will be paid.
“This will ease the tension of unemployment in the country,’’ he said.
The director advised that the stories should be relayed in dialects so that children would be used to indigenous languages.
“Turkey runs two certificate programmes in storytelling.
“Short-term workshops and storytelling camps are also organised for teachers and trainers.
“They invite master storytellers from other nations to share their experiences with Turkish storytellers.
“All the storytellers tell their stories in mother tongues.