A beautifully illustrated, artistic children’s book featuring a mix of comics, an overarching storyline and background information. In the book Balla, the Griot, tells two stories from Africa that are hundreds and hundreds of years old in a modern and at the same time magical way. Stories about love, friendship, cleverness and leadership.
Balla and the Forest of Legends is written for all children who love beautiful stories, and especially for children who have a special connection with Africa.
About the creators
While working and travelling in Africa, Leontine van Hooft learnt about the African Ubuntu philosophy, meaning: I am, because We are. Great leaders like Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan followed this philosophy. In addition to The Chronicles of Ubuntopia, Leontine has written several award-winning management books about Ubuntu.
The beautiful illustrations in this graphic novella were created by Jean-Claude Ngumire. He trained to become an illustrator in Rwanda. Through his knowledge of Africa and African cultures, he brings the legends to life in a way that only he can.
Buy one, share one
For every book sold, we share a copy with less fortunate children, through schools, libraries and voluntary organizations in
the countries where the legends and stories come from. In this way, we bring the stories back home to where they belong.