A participant in my recent open online course, Audio Slideshow Storytelling, shows us that anyone, with proper training, can produce a good story using consumer-level equipment and free software.
The producer is Yacoub Adeleke from Nigeria, and the audio slideshow, embedded below, is about Aso-Oke and Kente weaving; for people who have not heard about this traditional African weaving, Yacoub prepared a brief introduction:
Aso-Oke and Kente are traditional African attires used in Nigeria and Ghana. Aso-Oke is the native attire of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, popularly called Ara-Oke (people from up-country) by people living in the city like Lagos. They are mostly used for ceremonies like chieftaincy, weddings, naming ceremony and festivals. The major distinctions between Aso-Oke and Kente are the patterns are colours. These pictures reflect contemporary Aso-Oke designs by Joseph Koffi. The creation of these attires goes through a long process and dedication but the brains behind these works are hardly celebrated.
Following instructions in the open course, Yacoub used Panasonic RR-US050 to record audio interview and a Sony DSC-H7 camera to take photos, then edited the piece using the trial version of SoundSlides.