These days children are hardly told fairy tales, myths and legends. The influx of technology into the African society has made us all lose our cultural values (if not all, at least a great deal of it). The days when children sit on the floor, in circles and ring shaped arrangements to listen to elderly person tell folk tales about tortoise, lion, cat and mouse are long gone. These days, i’m talking from the new millennium till date; the enjoyment there is for children are playing mobile phone games and watching cartoons. If you ask me for a one-word description i’ll say “BORING”
In our days, there were lots of fun to ignite one’s day. We played cards, “MUMMY n DADDY”, Poju-Poju Mo and a whole lot of interesting childhood activities which whenever i reminisce gives me joy.Let’s leave this one for another article to be published another day.
One of the most interesting moments of my childhood is when it’s time for FOLK TALE. We gathered together, sat really calm anticipating new stories from our elders (Mom, Dad, Uncles, Aunts or Granny etc.) During the time it was really exciting (that’s when Obi was a boy). Now that Obi is a man, thinking about some of those things we were told that we believed (We believed most of them if not all) and their application/tendency of working or truth factor in real life is really hilarious.
Check out some of “THE LIES” we were told as children.
1. TORTOISE FELL FROM THE SKY AND BROKE HIS SHELL.
Who remembers the story where tortoise borrowed feathers from the birds to attend the birds’ meeting in the sky? According to our elders, Mr. Tortoise was too cunning, he changed his name to “ALL OF YOU” and ate all the food. This according to the story made the birds angry that they all retrieved their feathers from him and he couldn’t fly back to earth. He sent a message through one of the birds that his wife set soft things on earth for emergency landing but the message delivered was that she (tortoise’s wife) set hard things for Mr. Tortoise. Then jumped down and cracked his shell. This according to our elders is the reason why Tortoise has tracks along his shell.
Funny right? This is just number 1.
2. INDIA WON 99-1 AGAINST NIGERIA USING A CERTAIN JAZZ
When we were younger, our Uncles, Aunts, Mums and Dads told us that, the reason why India doesn’t feature in FIFA football matches is that, they once used jazz to play a match with Nigeria; according to the story every shot India fired led to a goal and this happened 99 times. Then Nigeria’s football legend Sam Okparaji managed to shoot a shot with all his strength, he scored the goal and died. Then Nigeria was declared winner of the game because they were dared to score a goal and win. Did i forget to mention the part of the story that says, when Nigerian footballers wanted to kick the ball it changes to tiger head and lion head with fire in their mouth? LMAO!
These people really lied to us o.
The real story is that, India was unable to afford logistics for their team to participate in FIFA world cup in the time and they wanted to play bare footed so FIFA banned them from participating in the world cup.
3. IF YOUR FOOD FALLS ON THE GROUND THEN THE DEVIL HAS EATEN IT.
They used to tell us that devil has eaten our groundnut (food generally) that falls to the ground and that if we wanna pick it up we should breeze out the devil using our mouth. LMAO! devil de eat groundnut?
Meanwhile the reason why they told us to breeze out the devil is so we can blow away the sand and dust that might come in contact with the food. They actually used devil to frighten us into adherence. LMAO! What a funny way we learnt cleanliness.
4. ONE WHO KILLS WALL GECKO WILL PEE AT NIGHT.
As grown ups we all know, wall gecko is a friendly household reptile that feasts on insects. Our elders rather than tell us that it’s not dangerous and helps to get rid of insects so we don’t kill it. They told us that if we kill a gecko we’ll urinate in bed at night. So because of the fear of peeing in bed, which was very embarrassing, we decided not to kill the gecko. Even though that didn’t stop us from peeing in bed. LMAO! scare tactics i see here.
5. THROW OLD TOOTH TO THE ROOF OR YOU WON’T GET A NEW ONE.
As growing kids, at some point out milk teeth changes to permanent teeth. Each time we lose a tooth our parents normally tell us to throw it to the roof top else we wont have a replacement. The fear of having no teeth made us obey these fake gists. Sometimes we misplace our tooth but we still get a replacement. FAKE GIST indeed. LMAO
After all said, the lies and fake gists actually made childhood fun. I wonder what would have become of my childhood without these fake gists. If you can relate with at least one of these, kindly leave a comment and tell us your favorite. Do you know any we skipped? drop a comment still, we wanna hear your own fake gist. LMAO