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Balla and the Secret of the Source

Our second illustrated childrens book part of The Chronicles of Ubuntopia with authentic African legends told by the storyteller Balla

Balla and the Secret of the Source

Our second illustrated childrens book part of The Chronicles of Ubuntopia with authentic African legends told by the storyteller Balla

€3,817
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About

Africa’s most beautiful and exciting stories and legends are about to be  lost forever in the fog… Balla, the Griot, cannot let this happen! The  Sages of the World have sent him on a mission: they want him to share  and tell as many African legends as possible to preserve them and their  wisdom from disappearing. While on his adventure, Balla meets the young,  but very curious Aimée. She is only 7 years old, but she loves Balla’s  stories and is determined to help him save the legends from the fog.
 

Become part of Balla and Aimée’s adventure and help them save the magical African legends.

This book cover is a mock-up and it is a subject to slight changes.

'Balla and the Secret of the Source' is our second illustrated children's book from the series The Chronicles of Ubuntopia, which consists of 12 books. We create our books for all children who love beautiful stories. Are you curious and want to know more about African culture? Then this is the perfect book for you!

Our lovely book is available in both English and Dutch languages. If you would like to receive the Dutch copy, make sure you indicate that in the survey we will send out once this campaign is over.

We follow the African Ubuntu philosophy: 'I exist because of we'. It prescribes that we each play an important role in the achievement of a common goal. Like Ubuntu, we use storytelling to edutain and connect people of all ages and races. That is why we put our love and devotion into creating our books.
 

In each book, there is an overarching storyline about  Balla and Aimee's mission, a short story, and two hand-painted aquarelle comics depicting the African legends. You will also find a WikiTopia section with background information about the stories.

Concept art of the comic depicting the legend 'The Unicorn of the Blue Nile' from the book 'Balla and the Secret of the Source'.

 The Unicorn of the Blue Nile 

The unicorn Harish, is living in the Ethiopian magical forest of King Kaleb. His main task is to keep the water of the Blue Nile healthy for both mankind and the animals. He develops a strong bond with a young girl called Bujet. Together they go on an adventure and one day Bujet comes to his rescue.

The Stool of the Ashanti

In an earlier time, the land we now call Ghana was extremely rich. Some say that even the dogs and horses wore gold.

It is in this area that a young man called Osei Tutu became the leading king of kings of the Ashanti people in a very remarkable way. His ascent to power was supported by a gift from heaven that is still of high value to Ghana of today.

Part of the finished aquarelle comic depicting the Kenyan legend 'Fumo Liyongo and the Dance of the Drums' from the collection's first book, 'Balla and the Forest of Legends'.

Balla, the Griot 

Balla, the Griot is an old and wise man. He is a storyteller who has a lot of knowledge of tribal art, symbols and rituals. Balla loves to play his African instrument called the Kora and listening to modern African rap. He believes that rappers are the modern-day Griots.

Aimée

Aimée is an energetic and curious 7 year-old girl. Her name means the beloved and she is a true representation of the young African spirit. Aimée always carries around her favourite doll Dada and she also loves listening to rap music. Sometimes she speaks or uses words in Swahili, because she is proud of her origin.

Harish 

Harish is a new character in the magical Ubuntopia family. He is an Ethiopian Unicorn who has the extraordinary power of revealing hidden water sources and purifying water. Although he may appear to be shy at first, as you get to know him, you will discover that he is very adventurous. Harish is a representation of the fighting spirit and bravery. He also secretly loves reggae music.

Images are mockups and are subject to slight changes.

Each of our books from the Chronicles of Ubuntopia comes with its own social campaign. For the first book ”Balla and the Forest of Legends” we created the campaign “Buy one, Share one” where with every book purchased we send a copy to a less fortunate child, via partnerships with NGOs from the countries of South Africa or Kenya. This way not only we are sharing the legends, but we are also bringing them back home.

For our second book “Balla and the Secret of the Source”, part of its proceeds will be spent on supporting children in Ethiopia and Ghana who would like to be an artist one day. By selecting a tier with a hardcopy version of “Balla and the Secret of the Source” you also support the social campaign.

If you decide to select a tier which includes both books, then you support both campaigns!

For this project the following costs have been estimated:


We are a small and diverse group of people with a love and a passion for Africa and its legends. Our mission is to share African knowledge, beauty, and nature with the world, and to inspire people while making them feel connected.

Leontine van Hooft is an author, speaker and entrepreneur, but above all, a storyteller. She has travelled through Africa and is inspired by its old stories that are full of wisdom, rituals and customs. She is passing on what she has learned through the beautiful stories in our books.

Jean-Claude Ngumire creates all the elegant digital and hand-painted drawings. He was born and raised in Rwanda, and he always knows how to make the perfect combination between modern times and the African legends. 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is making sure your items arrive on time and in good condition. To be as sure as possible, we make use of the most reliable couriers. We have taken into account some extra time to try and avoid such risks. However, if any unplanned circumstances occur, we will make sure you are well informed through updates on this page!

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    Explore the world of Ubuntopia with this limited edition collectors package!

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