Oba William King is recognized as one of the most exciting storytellers of his peer group. Since his debut with the National Association of Black Storytellers at the San Diego conference in 2006, Oba has ignited audiences with his ability to capture their attention and gently release them into the playful realm of rhythm and rhyme.
Known as The Poetic Storyteller; Oba’s most significant influence in the art of storytelling came as a result of his sojourn to Benin, West Africa (in the villages of Apolydaho, Sedgae’ and Dakota), resulting in solo performances to share and celebrate his original Anthem “I Love My People”.
Oba is an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient in Traditional Folk Arts, Jewel/Osco Hidden Jewel of The Neighborhood. Gwendolyn Brooks Hands on Stanza’s award recipient, Illinois Humanities Council “ROAD” Scholar, Dr. Margaret Burroughs “TORCH” Bearer as well as other distinguished honors.