Mama Koku's Storytellin’
be the day, when we hear Mama Koku say, "A story! A story!"
to everyone! And we eagerly answer, "Let it fly! Let
it come!" -- Gran'Daddy
Junebug, Master Storyteller .
Koku (aka Donna "Kokumo" Buie) is a Master
Storyteller and children's writer. She is also an educator
who has taught children at all age levels, from pre-school to high
Koku graduated with honors from North Carolina Central University,
majoring in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Performance and
Education. During her studies at NCCU, she received several awards
from both the Education and Drama departments for outstanding achievements
in scholarship, performance and service.
has performed as Featured Teller
for The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The National Black Arts Festival, The Decatur
Children's Festival, Grant Park’s Summer Shade Festival, Minneapolis' Signifyin' & Testifyin' Storytelling Festival,
Funda Fest, Jacksonville, Florida’s Griot Festival, The National Association of Black Storytellers Adopt-A-Teller Program
(New Orleans), Florida’s Panhandle Library System, The Apex Museum, The Wren's Nest, The High Museum of Art,
Zoo Atlanta, The Fulton County Arts Council, and several church, library, school and private venues throughout
In the summer of 2003, Mama Koku was commissioned to write the story
of the new Georgia International Convention Center, and performed
her original piece at its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
In 2004, Koku partnered with fellow storyteller, Jeanette W. Vaughn,
to write and perform the story of the City of East Point for its
117th anniversary celebration, which was very well received.
One of her greatest achievements to date include a tiny, BUT PIVOTAL! (lol) role in the movie, "The Color Purple". And
no bio would be complete without mentioning Blessid, her daughter. "I'm trying hard to live my
dreams so that my daughter will be inspired to live hers."
Mama Koku’s brand of storytellin’ is always high energy and lots of fun! Masks, Music, Melodies, and Morals blend together to
make the story come to life! For Koku, storytelling is not a spectator art form. Members of the audience must jump up and jump in!
Primarily, Mama Koku gives much gratitude to The Creator Herself (smile), without whom none of the above could have
ever been possible. Eternal Thanks!
SPOTLIGHT ON MAMA KOKU, City Lights, NPR 90.1 WABE Atlanta