Tejumola Ologboni (Teju) is a Storyteller, Folklorist, and Oral Historian. He was
born in Salina, Kansas and moved with family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when he
was 11 years old.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Art and Education.
he was awarded a Federal Foreign Language Graduate Fellowship to study
African Language at Indiana University - Bloomington.
He is an avid student of African folklore and one of the nation's leading
authorities on African Spirituality and Culture.
As an educator, he taught African Literature, African American Literature,
Creative Writing, and English in the Africology Department at University of
Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He also taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee
and at Dominican College in Racine, Wisconsin.
Teju comes from a long family tradition of storytellers. His mother and father, his grandmothers, one
grandfather-and a great grandfather were storytellers.
His stories are drawn from African traditions and African American history and folklore. His high-energy,
fast paced and witty performances are spellbinding. These riveting performances always hint at wry
humor, revolutionary teachings and lessons in love. in addition to his repertory of original stories and
poems, Teju is an accomplished percussionist.
He has appeared in movies and videos including:
"African Story Magic" by New Light Entertainment, Hollywood California
"Tallow Glee and The Golden Key" distributed by Golden Books, Inc.
His publications include:
"Two Kinds of Women" in Talk That Talk edited by Barnes and Goss
"Black Henry" in New Black Voices edited by Abraham Chapman
"Desert Traveler" in Pot Likker Stories edited by Coleman and Coleman
His CD recordings include:
"The Egg That Sang The Blues"
"Ham Bones n' Pot Likker an' a lil' bit o' gospel"
"...When God Was a Woman"
He has been a student of martial arts for over 40 years. He holds degrees in two different styles and
studies taichi and aikido.
He is also an award-winning sculptor,award-winning poet and was scriptwriter for the award winning
docudrama, "Black Settlements" by filmmaker, Claybourn Benson.
He is in demand as a storyteller. His show-stopping performances have earned him the distinction of
being a repeated featured teller at Storytelling Festivals throughout the country. He was the first-place
winner of the first National Open-Invitational Tall-Tale Tellers Contest (Liar's Contest) Sponsored by the
National Association of Black Storytellers. In 2002 he was the recipient of the most prestigious award in
storytelling, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for "contributing to the perpetuation and preservation of
African American Folklore".
He has worked as a stand-up comedian, an actor, a musician, and radio and television host. He brings
these skills to his storytelling style.
Critics have said of him: "He is all energy, a whirlwind on stage." "He is a wise and talented storyteller,
making connections that reverberate with truths that stretch across racial and generational barriers".
"He can excite and inspire an audience like the ancestors of old."