NGN is dedicated to supporting, and showcasing Black artists and culturally diverse poets and presenters in Canada and internationally.
The objectives of the NGN were originally articulated in 2004 as follows:
The NGN focus includes:
A (gree’-oh) is a storyteller in traditional West African Culture who preserves the oral history of her/his village. Griots are revered orators who memorize important events in a village’s history including births, deaths, marriages and battles, and embody the collective memory of the village. A griot ensures that the community has the perspective of the past as well as the news of today upon which to base its decisions. A griot can speak and/or sing their stories, often to musical accompaniment, and entertain while drawing upon a history passed from generation to generation, from griot to griot.
RITES OF PASSAGE – AS STORYTELLERS
As you become a storyteller you become holder of a rich collection of oral literature that includes myths, legends, folktales, riddles, and proverbs you are gifted with honoring those that have gone before you by passing down your acquired wisdom That will manifests it selves in poetry, melody and song used for the good of the community by you sharing and in turn bearing a new generation of STORYTELLERS.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
~ West African proverb