Tag Archives: Yoruba Folktales

Tortoise (Ijapa) and the Elephant | Nigerian Folktale

Ijapa ati Erin tortoise and elephant

Long ago in the animal kingdom of Agodo, animals lived in peace and harmony, and they could all talk like human beings. The kingdom was ruled by the lion and the animals so much loved his reign. But there was a time the lion fell sick. The sickness was so bad that Karatu, the great herbalist that lived in the jungle, had to be consulted. Karatu said the king could only get well if he drink a concoction made from elephant body parts.
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Why the sun and moon live in the sky | Nigerian Folktale

Why the sun and moon live in the sky

Once upon a very long time, sun and water were very close friends and both lived on the earth. Sun used to visit water very often but water never visited sun. So, one day, the curious sun asked water why he had never visited him in his house, and water replied, “If I visit you my friend, I will drive you out of your house because I go everywhere with my large family“. Sun insisted that water should visit him with his large family, and water therefore warned sun to build a very large compound that can accommodate him and his enormous family. Continue reading Why the sun and moon live in the sky | Nigerian Folktale

Why Bats fly at night | Nigerian Folktale

Why bats fly at night

The bat and the squirrel were very good friends and both lived in a village near Idin forest. There came a time that the bat became jealous of the squirrel because he was good looking and he, the bat, was ugly. Continue reading Why Bats fly at night | Nigerian Folktale