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The Wily Tortoise

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The Wily Tortoise

The Tortoise is the most popular character of all the varied characters that abound in the folklore of the Nigerian peoples. The exploits of the Tortoise, whether in all-animal stories or in stories that have an animal-human mix, are without compare in all of the folklore that originates from The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Indeed, in all of Nigerian folklore, there may be as many Tortoise stories as there are all other stories combined. In different circumstances, the Tortoise is associated with wisdom, selfishness, just low cunning or, even, kindness.

 

In this adventure, our hero cajoles the Eagle to allow him to follow to an island bristling with the most beautiful palm fruits in creation, but not even the Tortoise could have imagined what his greed for those luscious palm fruits would lead him through!


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