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Usifu Jalloh, Sierra Leonean griot and master storyteller known as ‘The Cowfoot Prince,’ is set to return to the United States after 36 years. His captivating performance will occur at the Sierra Leone Diaspora Investment Conference on October 7 at Metro Points Hotel in New Carrollton, Maryland.
Hailing from Kamakwie in the Karene District of northern Sierra Leone, The Cowfoot Prince has gained global recognition for his exceptional talent as a performer and educator for over two decades. His deep roots in multicultural Sierra Leone and his close association with artists and audiences from diverse cultures have shaped his unique storytelling style, incorporating international languages, music, dance, and a wide range of story themes.
In addition to his storytelling and musical prowess, Usifu Jalloh established the highly regarded Maambena Fest and National Storytelling Festival in Sierra Leone. These platforms serve as vehicles to promote Sierra Leone’s rich oral heritage.
Beyond his captivating performances, Jalloh has significantly contributed to various artistic endeavors. He has been a keynote speaker at several UK universities and quoted in various genres and publications, including the work of esteemed author Frank Wynne. Notably, Jalloh co-wrote and co-published the epic play ‘Sweet Peter,’ which portrays the experiences of slavery, colonialism, and war in Sierra Leone.
Recently, Jalloh collaborated with director Bex Singleton and the National Film and Television School on the documentary film ‘The Cowfoot Prince.’ He has also received critical acclaim for his role in the award-winning play ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ at the Arcola Theatre under the direction of Femi Elufowoju Jnr. Additionally, Jalloh has graced stages at prestigious events such as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and the ReImagined Storytelling Festival in Kenya. His latest production, ‘One Cowrie Shell,’ is an epic story he meticulously developed and produced over four years.
Jalloh’s influence extends beyond the stage, as he has hosted extensive radio programs for BBC World Service, served as a judge for the African Playwriters competition, and presented on BBC Radio 4 as a storyteller and presenter. Notably, he presented the successful radio program ‘Pikin To Pikin Tok’ in collaboration with the NGO Child to Child, which addresses health, sanitation, and teenage pregnancy issues for children in Sierra Leone.
Amidst his many accomplishments, Jalloh curated the highly-praised ‘This is Africa’ exhibition alongside The Highlife Centre in Coventry as part of the Coventry City of Culture 2021 celebration.
Having worked globally, Jalloh has mesmerized audiences and conducted workshops in numerous countries, including Argentina, Mexico, Gambia, Nigeria, India, Germany, France, China, and South Africa. His remarkable talent has attracted esteemed clients like the Obama Foundation, British Library, BBC, WHO, Zintsomi Festival South Africa, NHS Trust Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Restless Development, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and British Council Sierra Leone.
Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting storytelling of Usifu Jalloh as he returns to the American stage at the Sierra Leone Diaspora Investment Conference. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to witness the master storyteller in action!
Tickets to the conference start at $35 at www.makesierraleonefamous.com.