Oba William King

Oba William KingOba William King is recognized as one of the most exciting storytellers of his peer group. Since his debut with the National Association of Black Storytellers at the San Diego conference in 2006, Oba has ignited audiences with his ability to capture their attention and gently release them into the playful realm of rhythm and rhyme. He masterfully combines professional theatrical training with a distinct poetic style. Oba is an entertaining educator sharing the traditional art form, as if it were a sacred gift.

Known as The Poetic Storyteller, Oba’s most significant influence in the art of storytelling came as a result of his sojourn to Benin, West Africa (in the villages of Apolydaho, Sedgae’ and Dakota), resulting in solo performances to share and celebrate his original Anthem “I Love My People.”

Generously sponsored by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.

Saturday, November 2nd, 10:45am-11:30am (family show)
Landmark Hotel Ballroom

Saturday, November 2nd, 3:45pm-4:45pm (storytelling for older audiences)
Urbana Free Library
Lewis Auditorium