African Stages

Comfort Ero, a Nigerian-Canadian teacher, writer and storyteller now based in Surrey BC, is originally from Nigeria, West Africa. She was raised in a Nigerian Benin chief’s household where she learned and told folktales and songs ever since she learned to speak. Her vivacity in this art made her father send her to school at a time when it was very unpopular in Africa to send girls to school. She studied languages and drama and obtained a BA in French, post graduate diploma and a master’s degree in Education. She later became a high school principal. Comfort is a certified teacher both in Nigeria and Canada. She used theatre techniques and storytelling as effective tools to teach French to her students in Nigeria and won many awards for her success.

In Canada, she worked as teacher in Greater Victoria and Sooke school districts from 1996–1999. She also worked for more than ten years as a settlement worker in Vancouver BC. Comfort used storytelling and role playing all the time in all her endeavours. She established African Stages Association of BC in 2004 and it became a not-for-profit organization in 2007. She was also the president of Nigeria-Canada Association of BC from 2013-2017.

A teacher, writer and master storyteller, Comfort Ero is the Artistic Director of African Stages Association of BC. Till now, she uses her artistic talents in interactive storytelling to enrich the community by encouraging friendship and inclusion, discouraging bullying and discrimination and to share her African heritage. She has told stories, conducted symposiums and workshops in English and French in hundreds of Canadian schools and community centres. She has written and published many books some of which have earned her awards in Nigeria, France and Canada. She has also received many awards for her teaching, writing and artistic excellence in Nigeria, France and in Canada.

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