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Are you a dare-devil?

There lived a very beautiful princess who wanted to get married. From all walks of life came the princes, rich and poor men, handsome and ugly men to try their luck. However, they were not aware of what was in store for them as the princess wanted a brave, wise, courageous and good man for her hand in marriage. She put a test on them where each was to drink hot boiling water but none of them was bold enough for the test.

Hare heard what was happening and his long unnoticed admiration towards the princess gave him the confidence that he would pass. He alerted his family and friends who accompanied him to the palace. He lifted the pot, walked towards his family and friends where they discouraged him with the death talk. They all thought he was stupid and he should let the princess be. Luckily, he never bought their dismay and took sips of the hot water slowly then in gulps and when he was almost done, princess told him to stop so that she could have her share.

The king was a feared man and this made the hare and his mob run away though the king ordered his guards to fetch the entire family. Princess loved the hare for his wisdom, brevity, courageousness and goodness. They got married and lived happily ever after.

 

Moral Lessons:

  1. Always go for what you want with the needed strength and brevity.
  2. Never listen to negative comments or discouraging naysayers.
  3. Risks are worth taking.
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The woman who couldn’t cry

Okara, a rich old man was much respected for his ability to cure diseases, foretell the future and control rain but death came by robbing him his life. The women who brought food to him were shocked after they found the food left at his doorstep untouched. They alerted the elders who came to confirm of his death. The entire village was in mourning apart from one woman who had tear glands problems and would not cry.

It was believed if one couldn’t cry they were responsible for one’s death. Having noticed that all eyes were on her she ran to her home to sprinkle some water on her cheeks to fool everyone she did cry. Unluckily, the pot was filled with blood her husband had collected from animals and smeared it on her face thinking it was water.

When she ran out to the funeral, she was stoned, blamed for the old man’s death and ran away never to return.

Moral lessons:

Never be too quick to judge one’s actions

Learn to find out why people behave differently from the mob

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Riddle, Riddle

There lived a wicked chief who loved riddles and everyone who never knew the answers would have his head chopped off. Now a man had 3 sons and the first born sought for permission to leave to the village. His father gave him a donkey, food and took off. When the chief saw a stranger in his land, he asked him a riddle but he got it wrong and fate befell on him when his head was hacked off.

The second born was worried and he wanted to go search for his brother who had not returned home after several days. Permission was granted and with a donkey and food in hand, he left for the village. He came across the chief who asked him a riddle but never responded with the right answer and like his elder brother his head was axed off.

The last son became concerned about his brothers whereabouts, their mother panicked and the father declared they were dead. Third born set out in search of his brothers but before he could leave the mother prepared yams for him. She ensured enough poison consumed the yams so that her son would eat them and turn around rather than disappear like his siblings. With no donkey left, he began his journey on foot.

Pangs of hunger filled his days and he sat down to eat the yams. Even before he could eat them a flight of birds came by and he gave them bits of yam to which they all fell down dead. 3 leopards ran to feast on the birds and after they were done they all died. 7 men rushed to tear up the leopard meat, roasted it and when they had finished consuming, they all died. He decided not to eat them and continued with the trip where he passed by the chief. Riddle upon riddle he got them all right and the chief was very pleased.

The chief challenged him to ask him a riddle and if he got it wrong he would take his daughter as his wife. He went ahead and asked “half kills one, one kills 3 and 3 kills 7” but chief got it wrong. He was given his daughter and went back home where he was welcomed happily.

What do you think the answer to that riddle was?

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Who is your advisor?

Elephant and hare were very good buddies. When a race was planned, elephant boasted he was the mightiest assuring himself of winning the race. A race was arranged against hare, elephant, tortoise, monkey, hippo, rhino and hare. The race began but elephant got stuck in the mud taking him an hour to get out of it. At the finishing point, hare won and this humiliated the big guy.

The next couple of days elephant ran to prepare himself of another coming race as he feared hare would outshine him again. He decided to approach hare for advice and was told to bring logs of wood to shorten his legs by burning them. Amazed by this counsel, he gathered wood and hare marveled at how much he brought.

Hare tied his feet, set the pile of wood on fire and started burning elephant’s feet which made him scream his breathe out. Hare took advantage of his screaming warning him that he would tell the other animals he was a coward. To retain his dignity, his feet kept on burning till hare took them out. Later he ran away laughing and elephant was left to cure his badly wounded feet. He regretted been duped by hare again.

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Moral lessons:

Mind the people you seek information from.

Not everyone wants to see you excel.

 

 

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Can you keep a secret?

There lived 3 girls in a small village who wanted to finish their chores and head to the forest to collect wild fruits. One of them was slow and the others decided to leave her claiming they would mark the paths with leaves to guide her to their direction. They left and when she was done with her work she caught up with them. Upon collecting several fruits, they decided to play a game of closing their eyes to see who would collect most fruits.

All eyes shut, the 2 girls who were fast opened theirs and filled up their baskets only for the slow one to open up and find her basket almost empty. She begged them to wait for her but they refused promising that they would mark the path with leaves to find her way back home. Hyena was passing by and heard this and switched the leaves towards his home. Slow girl finished picking up her fruits and followed the leaves to hyena’s home. She found a cave where hyena welcomed her.

He promised to give her everything she wanted on the condition she wouldn’t tell a word. Excited by the offer, she requested for clothes, jewelry, bracelets, earrings which were all granted to her and he directed her to her home. Back home the other 2 girls were chocking with jealousy and since she refused to tell them of her new presents, they asked their uncle to slaughter a bull and hold a party. Sadly, she was not to be invited to the party and this made her spill the beans.

That night hyena took away the girl and she was never found. The uncle told the other girls that everyone should always keep a secret.

 

Moral Lessons:

  1. Learn to keep secrets.
  2. Do not take gifts from strangers.