About us


The Oral Tradition ROOTS Foundation® also referred to as ROOTS Foundation and ROOTS FoundationTT began in September 2005 as ROOTS – “Reflections of Our Oral TraditionS”, a Bimonthly Spoken Word Poetry Journal and Annual Magazine. ROOTS Foundation became Incorporated as a Non-Profit Company on 13th November 2009 under the Companies Act 1995 and Registered as a Non-Profit Organization on 14th June 2019 under the Non-Profit Organizations Act 2019. On 2nd May 2023, ROOTS Foundation and the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to solidify its decades long relationship with an intent to make a positive impact on the youth of the nation, particularly those in underserved communities.

ROOTS Foundation uses oral traditions, with a focus on spoken word poetry, as a catalyst for social change by providing safe spaces/platforms for the self-expressions and self-discovery of persons raw talent using their lived experiences and social realities. ROOTS Foundation uses Peacebuilding strategies and techniques to build sustainable peace amongst Vulnerable Youth in At-Risk Circumstances [7-15], Opportunity Youth [16-24] and 25 to Life [25+].

ROOTS Foundation uses a three-pronged approach to youth development:

  • Festivals: Cascadoo CNVI Festival of Spoken Word
  • Interventions: Abyssinia a Journey of CHANGE
  • Visual Poetry: Beyond the Lens


ROOTS Foundation is committed to reviving the oral traditions, promoting youth leadership and encouraging community development.


Using oral traditions and youth mentorship, ROOTS Foundation aims at empowering our youth and communities in enhancing their creative talent and leadership capabilities.


Core Values


to take care of self and others


contributing to society and demonstrating corporate social responsibility


to have new and original ideas


to have a happy, loving family


to maintain a positive and optimistic outlook


to learn and contribute valuable knowledge

self knowledge

to have a deep and honest understanding of self

Points of Interest

  • Reducing Gang and School Violence
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Preventing Gender-Based Violence
  • Creating Safe Spaces

Cultivating the Seeds of Social Change Through the Power of Spoken Word

ROOTS Foundation’s Model


ROOTS STREAM (Storytelling, Training, Reading, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mentorship) pedagogical youth development model develops multi-hyphenated youth creatives through its Life Management curriculum which is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


ROOTS CAFÉTT (Creative Academy for EduTainmenT), is a youth-friendly innovative, creative talent incubator designed to create multihyphenated ‘glocal’ leaders, who are agents of social change, through the promotion of independent and critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

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