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Story about the Tongue

Once, a chief told one of his servants to bring him the best meat from the market.

The servant brought him a tongue. The next day the chief told the servant to bring him the worst meat from the market.

The servant brought a tongue again. “What?” the chief said. “When I ask for the best meat, you bring a tongue and then you bring the same thing for the worst meat.”

The servant said, “Sometimes a man is very unhappy because of his tongue and sometimes his tongue makes him very happy.”

“You are right,” the chief said. “Let us be masters of our tongue!

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Africa culture/tradition education Igbo culture

Quote on Greatness

“You cannot plant greatness as you plant yams or maize. Whoever planted an Iroko tree — the greatest tree in the forest? You may collect all the Iroko seeds in the world, open the soil and put them there. It will be in vain. The great tree chooses where to grow and we find it there, so it is with the greatness in men.”

— from Chinua Achebe’s NO LONGER AT EASE (1960)