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!