In every tradition, a particular animal is identified as the cunning animal. In European traditions, the fox is cunning. In Ala Igbo, it is Mbe (the turtle). Mbe in Igbo stories is always able to talk its way out of predicaments. I asked his Holiness Ahanyi(May his spirit continue to guide) while he was living, why it was so. Besides the entertainment value of the stories, it is used to teach children the value of cleverness and at least the belief that they have it within themselves to transcend adversity. In the stories, even in the middle of potential demise, Mbe would wiggle and waggle out of harms way. Mbe is so confident that in one story he told the sun to get out of its way and lo and behold, the sun went down the hill (sunset of course!)

Point is, we have the spirit within us that is powerful enough to help us manage our daily living, even the challenges that come with it. Anyi bu nde ike!(We are powerful beyond imagination). We just need to know it, use it to grow in our quest to reach the state of AMARACHI! Soldier on fam… I see you!


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Continental Envoy for Global faith Ministries of Chiism
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  1. “Traditionally, Africans have revered good stories and storytellers, as have most past and present peoples around the world who are rooted in oral cultures and traditions. Ancient writing traditions do exist on the African continent, but most
    Africans today, as in the past, are primarily oral peoples, and their art forms are oral rather than literary. In contrast to written “literature,” African “orature” (to use Kenyan novelist and critic Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s term) is orally composed and transmitted, and often created to be verbally and communally performed as an integral part of dance and music. The Oral Arts of Africa are rich and varied, developing with the beginnings of African cultures, and they remain living traditions that continue to evolve and flourish today”~~~~Cora Agatucci

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