In Mbe, Nkapi na Osa, we find Mbe (the tortoise) revealing his cunning self again. As Mbe offers to help resolve a quarrel between Nkapi (the rat) and Osa (the squirrel), Mbe manipulates the situation beyond his own wisdom and eventually gets a shocking reward! Now retold and read in the finest prose tradition of the Igbo and English languages and complemented with timeless memory stirring Igbo songs, this Book with audio CD version revives the ageless African storytelling custom. It has been beautifully illustrated in rich, exciting colours, with translations into easy-to-read English for easy comprehension.
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My first paid job was in the publishing industry. To be precise, I spent a year as the youngest intern at the then popular but now defunct CLASSIQUE MAGAZINE published by the late May Ellen Ezekiel in the eighties in Lagos, Nigeria. The experience was priceless and I still don t understand how I got a short fiction story published then despite what must have been an amateurish first attempt. With all my love for the written word, I went on to a career in medicine because it was what I felt a career should be. I am still a practising Physician and enjoy the Art and Science of healing and caring (Don t know if one can stop being one with a society that is obsessed with titles and the special privileges that come with it) but books have opened the world to me in a way that the study of the human body and its mysteries could never have done. I have written a lot of materials that are best left unpublished and this attempt has been solely inspired by my daughter who is serving as my current experiment and proof that you can embrace your indigenous language and still have a good command of several other languages especially English. A mind that has not been exposed to the joys of travelling through the words of a book is at best a mind that is undeveloped in many different ways. I travelled to many places in the world, experienced their culture and immersed myself in their food and culture through the pages of a book. An actual visit to some of these places later on only confirmed what I had already lived through. Why Languages? The Limits of my language mean the limits of my world writes Ludwig Wittgenstein. I constantly worry about the deliberate and conscious attempt by my generation to make extinct our indigenous languages in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. I decided to do something about it and the effort is what you see in the African languages Made Easy Series! and the African Phonics Cards Series . My hope is that I infect as many people as possible with this raging passion. O di gba.Review:
Writers of stories hardly ever laugh at their own stories they enjoy watching other people including the tellers break into bouts of laughters Amos Tutuola once in his lifetime spent one evening at the Ajibulu Moniya Gallery and following a public engagement at the Muson Center sat with us all night but hardly ever laughed. The author of Ijapa ati Aja the Tortoise and the Dog Ololade Otitoloju is a medical practitioner, a mother and a story writer who has incorporated some unforgettable folk songs in this first collection. Here is just one that sent me back to my beginnings at the Carpenters workshop at Iperu of the early fourties. Aja duro ran mi I eru Aja wait and help me with my lord Fere kufe Fere kufe Aja duro ran mi I eru Aja wait and help me with my lord Fere kufe Fere kufe B o ba duro ran mi I eru If you don t help me with my lord Fere kufe Fere kufe Ma kigbe Oloko a gbo I will shout and the Farmer will hear Fere kufe Fere kufe A mu o, a mu o de He will catch you and hold you Fere kufe Fere kufe A mu o de, a gba o ni su He will hold you and take your yam Fere kufe Fere kufe Such stories are being made available also in Hausa and Igbo and later in more Nigerian Indigenous Languages. Creatively illustrated, readers and listeners will have exciting moments of folk-tales for a season of enjoyable learning. Thank you Chief Segun Olusola mni OFR The Story Teller. Ajibulu Moniya Gallery --Chief Segun Olusola is the creator of the popular soap, "Village Headmasters". a veteran Broadcaster and the Founder/Patron of African Refugees Foundation.
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Book Description Blazing Ideas ltd, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Abraham Oshoko (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0980124336
Book Description Blazing Ideas ltd, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 36 pages. 8.70x5.90x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0980124336