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Ebira Story: Ozi Emasu

Ebira Story: Ozi Emasu
Ebira Story Ozi Emasu

When she was old enough to speak, “Onyi Ami ma nehi (Mummy I Want to go home” was her first sentence.
She was always falling sick. If it wasn’t Ovangoro (Fever) it’ll be Ineva (diarrhea). If it wasn’t an Ine (Stomach) it’ll be her Iresu (head). There was always something wrong with her and she was always saying “Onyi Ami Ma Nehi”.

It makes me sad all the time, why cant she make me happy for once, this is not what i wished for while i was pregnant! this is never what i signed on for with my creator! It scared me for a while why she would keep on repeating the something over and over again until I figured it out.

I used to work long hour and she goes to a private nursery school at Inoziomi, It breaks my heart to leave a sick child in the hand of strangers in the name of education, but what can i do? i must work to provide for us, I’m a single mother that can’t afford a house-help.

As i turned up at her school gate to pick her up, she’s bounding out with her little backpack strapped at her back, and she was shouting “Onyi Ami Ma Nehi (Mummy I want to go home), It was as if she has been waiting forever to get out of there.

she was six years old when she fell sick again and had to be admitted to General Hospital Okene. All the doctor tests proved inconclusive.

As I kept vigil at her bedside she would drift in and out of consciousness muttering “ mummy I want to go home”. With tears streaming down my face I would re-assure her that as soon as she was well enough I would take her home.
One night I woke to her gasping for air. As I cradled her in my arms I summoned the duty nurse who came running. She took one look at her and dashed off to find a doctor.

When the doctor came he did all the usual checks: took her pulse, listened to her heart beat and flicked open her eyelids.

By the time he got up from the side of her bed the look on his face said it all.
He pulled me away, to the ward’s side office, and gave me the news I was dreading.
She was sinking fast and there was nothing he could do. Hopelessness was written all over him.

How long has she got, I asked.
He shrugged his shoulders: he didn’t know.
It was too late to call anybody so I rushed back to her side with the doctor in tow.

Her breathing was becoming shallower and laborious and all the equipment she was hooked up to were beeping away in a language of their own. With tears streaming down my face in torrents I turned to the doctor for an interpretation.

He didn’t say anything. He shook his head slowly, put his hand on my shoulder, as if to re-assure me, smiled weakly and walked away.
She looked so peaceful and serene as she lay there: you wouldn’t think anything was wrong with her.

She must have heard me sobbing for she opened her eyes and what could be described as a smile crossed her face.
“ Onyiami…”, she began, struggling to get each word out,”…Mesuhu Anehi” (I am on my way home…

She closed her eyes and was gone.

No parent deserve the death of their child, May God be with everyone that has lost someone…

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Why The Dog Lives Among Men – Ebira Folktales

Will you like to know, Why The Dog Lives Among Men? long time ago, the dog used to live in the Forest like the Fox, Hare and the Hyena. Something happened that made it run away and live with Man. There was a terrible famine in the land so great that the animals decided to eat their parents in turn. This idea was not acceptable to the dog whose only surviving parent was his mother he loved so much and he could not voice his reservations.

Why The Dog Lives Among Men, Ebira Folk Tales
Why The Dog Lives Among Men

He could not imagine her death not let alone of him being the cause of her death. The turn of the Lion came for him to present his father and mother, with pain he offered them and the whole animals ate them even though not sufficient but it provided them something in their stomach for the day. Soon it was time for the Elephant, Tiger, Fox ,Hippopotamus , Leopard ,Hare, Tortoise etc.

All the while the dog was not happy, he was alive solely for his mother. An idea occurred to him. He quickly grabbed it and decided to act along. Few days to his turn, he told the entire kingdom that his mum was sick with chicken pox, all the animals stayed away from her because of the fear of being infected. Two days later he announced her death, The animals mourned with him and told him to go ahead and bury her.

The Dog took his mother high up a mountain and would everyday communicate with her. Each time he is to see the mother she would throw down a rope for him to climb and meet her up there. This continued for a while before the fox noticed that the dog was always absent at a particular time of the day and would reappear at the same time.

He began to observe him and when he was very sure, he decided to follow him. He could not believe what he saw, so the dog lied to deceive all and keep his mother while he ate that of others. He quickly ran back and informed the others. They were all angry and decided to deal with the dog.

They all marched to the place while they were some miles to the place, Mother Dog looked from the mountain and saw the other animals coming with anger towards them. It dawned on them that their secret has been discovered and imminent death awaits the two of them.They quickly came down and ran away  from the forest and barely made it outside the forest. They knew they could never return to the forest so they decided to live with man. That is how dogs have ever lived with man.

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Why The Cat Lives Among Men – Ebira Folktales

Ebira Folktales about Cat
Ebira Folktales

Ebira Folktales: Many years ago, the cat lived with other animals and birds in the bush. They lived together in their own community like human beings. They had their own kings, planted their own food, took offenders to their king’s palace for trial, and helped one another in doing their work.
The ostrich was the king of the birds.

All the other birds assembled before the king in his palace. During one planting season, ‘Inomi Oba’, the king of the birds called all the birds to his palace. He told them to help him clear his farmland. The king wanted to plant maize and beans in his farm. All the birds, big and small, happily agreed to work on the king’s farmland. They fixed the next day to do the work.

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Early the next morning, the sound of the gong woke up the birds. It was the parrot, the town crier, beating the gong. He called them to the king’s palace, from where they will go to the king’s farm. The peacock, fowl, owl, parrot, hawk, vulture, and other big birds were present. Present also was the little sparrow called, ‘Kinkin’ with his cutlass ready to work on the farm. The king was happy to see the large number of birds that came out to work on his farm.

“Thank you very much my people,” said the king. He suddenly noticed the presence of the little sparrow. He was the tiniest bird that came. He pointed at him and said, “What can you this tiny bird do on the farm? You even carry a cutlass.” He said jokingly to Unechi. “Go back to your house, for today. I will send for you when I have the work small birds like you can do” the king added. The other birds laughed when they heard what the king said about the size of Unechi.

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Unechi was not happy that the king did not allow him to follow the other birds to work on his farm. “He thinks I am too small to do any useful work on his farm. I have been disgraced in front of all the people.” The sparrow said to himself returning home unhappy. He thought of what he could do to show the king and other birds that it was wrong to use the size of a person to judge what he is capable of doing. “I may be small but they forgot that I am older than many of them. What can they do that I can’t do? I will show them that every person in this community is important” he boasted.

Unechi had a magical power that could cause weeds to grow immediately through a song. Nobody knew he had this power. After the other birds had finished working on the king’s farm, they went to tell the king to come and see for himself. While they were away, Unechi came and sang his magical song.

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The Unechi Song.

The king called all birds;
The big and small he called;
To clear his farmland;
I was sent back home because of my size;
I command the weeds to overgrow the farmland;
And grow into thick bush.

The weed grew immediately into a thick bush. When Inomi Oba got to the farm, he was very angry and thought the other birds had deceived him. The fowl begged him to allow them to clear it again, after explaining to him that they were all surprised to see the farmland grown again. The king then put the hawk in charge to watch over the farmland. Unechi came and sang the song again when they had all left. The magical song made the hawk to dance away. He then ran to tell the king that “the ghost came again, and your farm is overgrown with weeds”, but was unable to say how it happened. 

The fowl told the king, “The cat could do it. He is brave, fast, and has sharp claws.”  The other birds chorused, “Yes, he could.” The king ordered that the cat be called. He then sent the cat to look over his farm after the other birds had cleared it again. Unechi came after they had all gone home but the cat hid itself and kept watch over the farm.

Unechi started his song but the cat was not charmed. He saw everything and jumped on Unechi. Unechi begged the cat to let him go but the cat refused. The cat was hungry and killed Unechi.

So that all animals can live in harmony in the animal kingdom, an agreement has been made that any other specie of anymal that killed the other should be killed too, now the cat has killed one of birds.

Also Read: Ebira Folktale: Suuru’Ohuni (Patience is Virtue).

When the cat has finished the meat and went back to tell the king that it was Unechi that had been causing him trouble. When the king asked for Unechi, he said he had killed him. The king asked for the body but he could not show it either. The king got angry and the cat was smart to know that the king wanted to kill him too for not showing him respect through his action and for breaking the animal’s kingdom rules. This forced the cat to escape from the bush to the town, where he started living in the house among human beings..

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Ebira Folktale: Suuru’Ohuni (Patience is Virtue).

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The two goats (Suru and Ohuni) were best of friends who were bought by a farmer at Utubaze. They walk out, graze on grasses and do almost everything together.

One day, the farmer travelled afar to visit a neighboring farm but forget to keep food for the two goats (Suru and Ohuni) which make the two goats get hungry.

They waited, and then, Suru called on Ohuni if they can go up to the hill of Okeneba in search for food.

On reaching the top of the hill, they got themselves a greener grasses to graze on but Ohuni was greedy which lock horns on Suru not to feed on it part.

Suru sighed, decided to be patient and leave the part of the greener grasses for Ohuni; heading to Ukòwà if possible there is grasses for him to graze on too.

He (Suru) felt sad and surprise for the sudden behavior of Ohuni.

At the part of where Ohuni was grazing on grasses which he felt is greener and took advantage of that by chasing Suru away for himself all alone was a trap set by a Hunter Karekade which he took home for his family and slaughtered for meal.

On reaching home, the farmer of the two goats (Suru and Ohuni) waited for his goats to return back home but only found Suru which was just bleating and singing behind the hut.

“Aví Suru Ohuni Inè heè”

The farmer got holds to the song which later a nearby narrates what happened to the two goats while he was away.

Since then, the farmer have learnt to know one need to be patient in everything, so he added “Ohuni” to the name of “Suru” which in everything that has ever happened to man “Suru Ohuni”.

NB: In everything know that “Patience is Virtue.
One strength that will benefit you in every area of your life is patience.

When things get uncomfortable in life, patience is a virtue and it will help you deal with the discomfort in a way that best suits your life and the people around you.

The bottom line is that being impatient can do some real negative things to you and your life.

Written by Ataba Black Bilal

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#Itopa: The Fate of ‘Oremeyi’, The Proud Princess – Ebira Folktale

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Ebira Folktale – Long ago, in the kingdom of Oomi, there lived a king and a queen. They had a very beautiful daughter called Oremeyi whose beauty surpassed that of any other person. The princess was well loved and pampered that she eventually became proud. When Oremeyi attained adulthood her parents decided it was time for her to get married. Many suitors came to seek for her hand in marriage, but she refused them all. Princes, hunters, and warriors all hoped to win her heart with gifts but she never seemed to be satisfied with any of them. She rudely dismissed them from her father’s court whenever they came seeking for her hand. She always had one complaint or the other about them.

News of the beautiful but haughty princess had spread far and wide and more men came seeking for her hand. At this point, her parents had begun to despair as to whether she would ever get married since she seemed to reject and insult every man that approached her.

One day, an extremely handsome man came into the town and sought her hand in marriage. He was a well built and handsome man. No one could fault his looks and he came bearing numerous gifts for the princess and her family. Oremeyi was so caught up in the gait and carriage of the young man that she instantly became carried away, despite her parents reservations about not knowing him or anything about him, she refused to listen or heed to anyone’s advice and insisted on marrying the stranger.
After much persuasion, the king realized his hands were tied and that she had made up her mind on marrying the stranger, the marriage ceremony was conducted and typical of the kings’ fashion, everyone had plenty to eat and drink.

The new couple after receiving the royal blessings of their parents, prepared to leave for the home of the groom. As was the custom of Oomi land and especially since it was the princess involved, many maids and servants accompanied the couple bearing different goods that the princess was expected to setup home with.

The journey took them deep into the forests (Iruku) and they did not stop to rest for once. Anytime the princess asked when they would get to his home, he kept promising her soon. One by one, he dismissed the guards, servants and maids that accompanied the princess and she was left to bear the load they had hitherto carried or discard them if there was no one to carry it. Many of the items taken along suffered the same fate.

The princess saw it as strange that her husband never offered to help her carry any of these heavy things which she had to carry, but she sought excuses for him that perhaps males don’t bear loads in his village. As the last of the escorts was sent back, once more Oremeyi expressed concern over the endless journey and the need to send her helps back but he assured her of many more servants upon getting to his home.

At a point in their journey, the handsome couple had to cross a stream (Okuha) and upon crossing, the groom’s features began to change. Gradually he stopped looking human. His ears became longer and hairier; his eyes came closer together and looked very mean. His teeth began to protrude as they became sharper and longer.

The once handsome man became a hideous monster. Oremeyi upon noticing this transformation screamed and screamed but there was no one to hear her. Her once handsome husband was actually a monster. He had taken her deep into the forest where he resided. He pointed to a hole in a cave telling her that would be her home henceforth. He had heard of her pride and decided to assume a human form in other to teach her a lesson. Oremeyi the proud princess at this point then realized that her faith had been sealed and she was doomed to a life as the wife of a beast and a cave as a home.

She regretted all her actions of the past and prayed for a second chance, but it was too late for her, her pride had caused her, her freedom and luxurious life.

Note this is just Ebira folktale used to scare children back in the days so that they can seize been too proud. And I hope you eventually learn something from it please drop your comments below thanks…

Written By:
Yakubu Binuyaminu Adeiza
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Adeji Onire’oiye (Rabbit the Wise) – Ebira Folktale.

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One day, in the animal kingdom, the Adeji (Rabbit) felt he was the wisest of all the animals. He then decided to trap all the wisdoms in the world inside a gourd and take it up to the peak of the tallest Iroko tree. This, he believed, will deprive every other animal of having access to all these wisdom.

After he was satisfied with himself that he had trapped all the wisdom in the world in the gourd, he set to complete his mission of keeping it out of the reach of other animals. He intended to keep all these wisdom to himself and his generations yet unborn alone

On his way to accomplish his mission, he met the Agididoyin (shrewd Rodent), who greeted him, and asked him where he was going with his gourd. The Adeji (Rabbit) before responded to his greetings, trace and abusive word with him on why he smell so bad, he at the same time told him to always avoid him anytime he sees him. At last he responded to the greeting and told him he only wanted to use the gourd to get some water from the stream for his thirsty family. Suspecting nothing, Agididoyin bade him farewell and went his way. He met several other animals on his way. He exchanged greetings with them all and they all asked him what he was doing with the gourd and to all of them, he said that he wanted to use it to get water for his family back home.

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When he got to his destination, at the foot of the tallest Iroko tree, he thought of the best method to use in getting to the peak of the tree. Like a flash, the idea came to him! He decided to climb the tree with the gourd right in front of him so that if he kept it behind him, someone may not come to snatch it from him. However, he had a great difficulty climbing the tree this way. All his attempts to climb the tree were fruitless.

In the course of this too, several other animals saw him trying effortlessly to climb to the top of the Iroko tree, but they could all only wish him luck without being able to offer him any better idea. Then the Irepa (Snail), who had been in a corner observing the Adeji (Rabbit) in his fruitless effort, eventually walked up to the Adeji (Rabbit) and offered him an idea. The Irepa (Snail) suggested that he tied a rope to the gourd in front of him and see if it is easier to climb the tree that way. The advice proved to be a priceless one because the Adeji (Rabbit) found it very easy to climb the tree this way. When he got to the peak of the Iroko tree, he realized that he was actually not in possession of all the wisdom to climb the tree while ordinary Irepa (Snail), the slowest of all animals and probably the most negligible among the animals, was the one who gave him the wisdom with which he climbed the tree.

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He then concluded that no one could actually take all wisdom to himself because each individual has varying degrees of wisdom.

Characters in this Folktale:

  1. Adeji (The English is Rabbit)
  2. Agididoyin (Shrewd Rodent in English)
  3. Irepa (Snail)

Note That Folktales are just moonlight stories for impacting knowledge in the young ones back in the days, when there were no Schools or Cartoons. Through folktales most elders were able to get knowledge of life….

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