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Masankho Banda
  • 57, Male
  • Oakland
  • United States
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Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
Masankho born in Malawi, Central Africa arrived in the United States as a political refugee in 1987, and earned a degree in Theater and Dance Arts from the College of Wooster in Ohio. After graduating, Masankho turned down an invitation to study at the Shakespeare School of Acting in New York, opting instead to devote his life to using dance, theater, music, drumming, Interplay and storytelling to inspire people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice, and cultural understanding. To further this goal and ambition Masankho got his Master of Arts in Creation Spirituality from Holy Names University (Sophia Center) in 2001. Since 1999 when he founded UCanDanc' African Healing Arts Masankho has traveled to all 50 States, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Croatia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, Morocco, Malawi, South Africa sharing his message of peace, healing and community building using the Arts. Masankho is an International renowned storyteller, drummer, dancer and educator. In 2001 Masankho received the Unsung Hero of Compassion award from his Holiness the Dalai Lama for his work around the world.

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At 1:01am on September 10, 2008, Reisa Stone said…
Dear Masankho,

I admire the work you're doing and your sense of purpose. I hope to enjoy your workshops and performances some day soon.

Kind regards,
At 4:13am on April 1, 2008, Steve Evans said…
Muli Bwanji and welcome to this great site! One of my favorite stories is of Chimwemwe and the Snake.

Won't you consider joining the group Applied Storytelling: The Power of Story?

Best wishes to you. STEVE
At 2:33am on March 24, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…
Masankho: Forgive me for misspelling your name in my last comment! Sorry!

At 2:32am on March 24, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…

Welcome to Professional Storyteller. You sound like a fascinating man and I would love to see you perform in person! Plus, you are the first person to put "complicated" in the relationship status. That shows what a complex person you are! LOL I hope you enjoy the site and the new friends you will make. Best wishes!

Dianne de Las Casas
Founder of Professional Storyteller
At 7:46pm on March 6, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
I don't believe we have met... but I am glad you are here. This is a good site, lots of great discussions, groups and you can even upload your audio and video to promote yourself.

I read about your "Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award" I am very curious about that and perhaps you could share a little about that with me.

At 1:26pm on March 6, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear Masankho:

I am glad you responded so quickly to the invite.

I know you will add great insight to the place.

Tell me more about your role as "PeaceBuilder".

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman

I love how you posted your purpose. We all need to look within and figure that out for each of us.



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