Mama KoKu’s Story

Donna Kokumo Buie, (aka. Mama Koku), is a Master Storyteller and children’s writer.  She is also an educator who has taught children at all age levels, from pre-school to high school.

Koku graduated with honors from North Carolina Central University, majoring in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Performance and Education. During her studies at NCCU, she received several awards from both the Education and Drama departments for outstanding achievements in scholarship, performance and service. Mama Koku is a member of the Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, The National Association of Black Storytellers, and the Southern Order of Storytellers.  She is Official Teller of Coretta Scott King Book Awards Book Fair.  Mama Koku is a “Rambler” for The Wrens Nest House Museum, a Featured Teller for Everybody Wins Atlanta, and a Teaching Artist for Fulton County School’s Teaching Museums, and has written and performed original stories for the Georgia International Convention Center, (grand opening ), The City of East Point’s 117 Anniversary, College Park’s Merchant’s Association 25th Anniversary, CARE International’s Day of the Girl.

Koku was the Official Teller for the National Black Arts Festival’s Children’s Educational Village for several years while hosted by the Woodruff Arts Center and Centennial Olympic Park.  She was also a roster artist for Woodruff Arts Center’s Arts for Learning, (formerly Young Audiences).  She’s performed not only at various Georgia venues but the across the US. Maybe you’ve even caught one of her performances….