Fable about gratitude

A slave named Kalikokha once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there, he came upon a lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first, he turned to flee, but finding that the lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to it. As he…

Season of madness

A woman had a daughter who was a fool. She implored all the gods to put some sense into her, and the girl often heard her mother praying in this way. One day, they went to their farm. The girl left her mother and wandered into the fields. When she saw a man forcing himself…

Godlessness in the last days

But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,…

Outcry over transfer fees

  A fox and a monkey were travelling together on the same road. As they journeyed, they passed through a cemetery full of monuments. “All these monuments which you see,” said the monkey, “are erected in honour of my ancestors, who were in their day freedmen and citizens of great renown.” The fox replied: “You…

A prince had some monkeys trained to dance. Being naturally great mimics of humans’ actions, they showed themselves most apt pupils and when arrayed in their rich clothes and masks, they danced as well as any of the courtiers. The spectacle was often repeated with great applause, till on one occasion a courtier, bent on…

Beware of foolish friend

Once a mouse and a frog were close friends. They spent most of their time together. When the frog would go back to the pond, the mouse would miss it. In the same way, the frog grew sad every time the mouse went off in search of food. So they took a rope and tied…

The stork’s company

A stork of a very simple and trusting nature had been asked by a gay party of cranes to visit a field that had been newly planted. But the party ended dismally with all the birds entangled in the meshes of the farmer’s net. The stork begged the farmer to spare it. “Please let me…

Foolish monkeys

There was a very large, dense and dark forest. A group of monkeys arrived at the forest. It was winter season, and the monkeys struggled hard to survive the freezing cold nights. They were hunting for fire to get warm. One night, they saw a firefly and considered it a dab of fire. All the…

One season, kalulu, world champion of greed and trickery, did not plant any crop. So it thought out a plan. Night after night, when everyone else had gone to sleep, kalulu scampered to the fields and pulled out some cassava, cooked and ate them. Villagers noticed that their cassava was mysteriously disappearing. A meeting was…

Serpent and eagle

  An eagle swooped down upon a serpent and seized it in its talons with the intention of carrying it off and devouring it. But the serpent was too quick for it and had its coils round the eagle in a moment; and then there ensued a life-and-death struggle between the two. A man, who…

Frogs desiring a king

The frogs were living as happy as could be in a marshy swamp that just suited them. They went splashing about caring for nobody and nobody troubling with them. But some of them thought that this was not right; that they should have a king and a proper constitution, so they determined to send up…

Frogs and the well

  Two frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for frogs like damp places if they can get them. They came to a deep well, and one of them looked down into it and said: “This…

On ‘Malawi needs own David’

I enjoyed reading your entry entitled “Malawi needs own David”, particularly the perspective from which it is presented. However, I would like to offer a slightly different perspective from the same illustration on the matter. From my experience of God’s methods of choosing leaders, Malawi is yet to meet a David. I strongly believe, from…

The Lord said to Samuel: “How long will you go on grieving over Saul? I have rejected him as king of Israel. But now get some olive oil and go to Bethlehem, to a man named Jesse, because I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” So Samuel did as the Lord told…

The foolish traveller

There was this foolish traveller who had gone on a journey. Everywhere he went, people made up all kinds of sad stories to tell him and the traveller fell for every one of them. Pretty soon his money, clothes and even shoes had been cheated away from him. When the traveller was completely naked, he…

The man bitten by dog

  A man who had been bitten by a dog went about in quest of someone who might heal him. A friend, meeting him and learning what he wanted, said: “If you would be cured, take a piece of bread, and dip it in the blood from your wound, and go and give it to…

Justice, too, can be deaf

  Awoman looking for her goats that had wandered away from the herd asked a deaf man whether he had seen them. The deaf man thought she was asking for the water-hole, so he pointed vaguely towards the river. And when she went to the river, the woman coincidentally found the goats. But a young…

It is hard to find any evidence supporting the rumour circulating in several African websites claiming United States of America Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a host of racist remarks at an unspecified event in Indianapolis. Numerous Af rican websites allege Donald Trump described black people as ‘lazy and only good at sex and…

Not very bold hunter

A hunter, not very bold, was searching for the tracks of a lion. He asked a man felling trees in the forest if he had seen any marks of its footsteps or knew where the lion was. “I will,” said the man, “at once show you the lion himself.” The hunter, turning pale and chattering…