AMINA BLACKWOOD MEEKS is DactaNanse
Jamaican-born, Caribbean National, bonafide Citizen of the World
Writer, director, performer, and custodian of the oral tradition
Lecturer-researcher-farmer, widely acknowledged for her instrumental contribution to the recent renaissance of the art-form of traditional Caribbean storytelling
A teller of traditional and contemporary tales
Her deep, rich, dramatic and deliberate voice brings stories from the heads of the ancestors, connecting ancient wit and wisdom with modern needs.
Amina is confidently bilingual in English and Jamaican
She has been described as:
"The complete Caribbean teller. Her telling of Ananse stories is unique and exciting". Cayman National Cultural Foundation
"A VOICE THAT MUST BE HEARD", Tim Hector, Antigua
"AN OUTRAGEOUS COMBINATION OF GLITZ AND THOUGHTFULNESS, OF ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION", Ken Corsbie
"ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC AND CHARISMATIC PROPONENTS OF STORYTELLING"...Caribbean Week
Amina has always worked in the fields of communication, human and cultural development.
She is a political scientist, early childhood educator, research student in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Director� of the Culture In Education Programme in the Ministry of Education, Jamaica.
Founder of Ntukuma, The Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, 2002
Founder/Artistic Director of LikkleStoryFest, an annual storytelling festival for children, operating since 2002
Founder/Artistic Director, Child's Play, Antigua, 1992
Founder, Zebra Theatre Group, Antigua, 1987
Founding Member, Theatre Group for National Liberation, Jamaica, 1976
Lecturer in Caribbean History and Aesthetics