Nothando Zulu is a Master Storyteller’s storyteller. The sixth and last child of sharecropper parents in segregated but historically rich Southampton County Virginia she has shared stories with widely varying audiences for more than 50 years. Drawing upon her deep cultural heritage and experiences she follows Zora Neale Hurston – capturing and portraying oral imagery that entertains, educates, motivates and inspires.
Nothando has performed nationally and internationally. Her extensive repertoire of colorful characters’ – even when portrayed through Anansi or Bre’r Rabbit –antics and foibles has her audiences pondering their own life’s lessons. Her portrayals of historical African American sheroes give the robust feel of their lives, struggles and ultimate achievements!
As cofounder and President of Black Storytellers Alliance she has produced a three-day storytelling festival called, “Signifyin’ & Testifyin’” (since 1991). Nothando is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and community activist who lives through the power of stories.