Available for virtual visits in : Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia

Home Province: Ontario

Craft: Author/Storyteller

Genre: Picture Books

Target Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 7

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00, plus applicable taxes



Virtual Presentation/Workshop Information:

(JK to Grade 2)

I present sessions for students aged 4 to 12 focused on presenting the best of African culture and history in a friendly and engaging way.

I will open up my presentation with an introduction and my background as an author. I will then walk through African culture by exploring its geography, music, dance, and landmarks. After this, delve into the characters in my books and provide some more behind-the-scenes tidbits. Finally, I will do a book reading and conclude with a question and answer discussion.

The duration will be 30-45 minutes.

(Grades 3 and up)

In addition to the above, I will discuss African kings and queens, my publishing journey and the steps involved in making a book. 

The duration will be 60 minutes.

Book List

Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba (Our Ancestories, 2021)

Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba Coloring and Activity Book (Our Ancestories, 2021)

Idia of the Benin Kingdom (Our Ancestories, 2020)

Idia of the Benin Kingdom Coloring and Activity Book (Our Ancestories, 2020)


EKIUWA  AIRE is a Nigerian-Canadian cultural connector who is passionate about building a love and knowledge of African history and culture with all kids. She founded Our Ancestories and became a storyteller when she noticed the lack of diversity in the children’s book industry, specifically regarding children’s books on African history. While she was initially motivated by a desire to teach her own kids about their history, she is now excited and humbled to be contributing to the preservation of African heritage and culture using her books. She also love to take every opportunity she can to share her knowledge and journey with others, such as during seminars, at libraries, bookstores, or classrooms.