Why the name, Griot?

As a writer, one of the things I’m often asked is "How on earth did you get started with all this?” My reply is usually of how helping others added such immense value to my life! Throughout my years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have influential people surrounding me, instilling life mantras, and displaying beautiful efforts of living their dreams. My mother inspired me to write in order to relieve stress and fulfill words I didn’t feel comfortable conveying. This led me to indulge more and find platforms that would assist in building my craft. In some form, all of my contributions influenced A Griot's Corner. Many ask why I chose the name Griot, and to be frank I didn’t want to settle on an easy-going name for my creation. Can you recall the matriarch of your family, having round table discussions, the room filled with laughter, love, and great food? My Aunt Iyalode Nkechi Ajanaku exuded just that! I can remember sitting at her living room table, explaining how I was in need of a marketing title for my brand. The first name she proclaimed was GRIOT- YOUNG GRIOT, and the start of my saga began. Although Nkechi is no longer with us, I pray her name reigns out every time A GRIOT’S CORNER is mentioned. She was a woman of intention and just like her, I aim to ensure that people understand the meaning of a Griot and benefit from having someone who understands the value of leaving your mark on this world...

 

Learn more about Iyalode Nkechi Ajanaku’s impact on the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.

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