If you were born just before 2000 or during the 1990s, Nigerian folklore stories were probably all that you thought about.
I mean we all know Nigerian tales by moonlight and so many other TV shows that showed different beautiful dramas.
So 9javillage is taking time to remember some of the best Nigerian folklore stories from our childhood.
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Top 5 Nigerian Folklore Stories
1. Why the Tortoise has a cracked Shell
Remember the party in heaven? We all know all this story goes. The tortoise was sent to represent the birds because he was an eloquent speaker.
So to help him get to heaven, they all borrowed him one feather. However, we all know things didn’t go as planned.
Why the tortoise has a cracked shell is a story with a moral lesson- Don’t bite the hand that fed you. It often doesn’t go well.
Here’s a link to the story if you want to read about it. Nigerian folklore stories is not complete without this story.
2. The Dancing Palm Tree
The dancing palm is yet another interesting tale by moonlight story. A thief (the tortoise) keeps his town filled with terror as he dresses in a palm tree and dances each market day.
This makes the villagers flee in terror and allows him to steal the food items.
This continues until he meets his match when the villager invents the glue man. This tale by moonlight story also provides a moral lesson- 99 days for the thief, one day for the owner
It’s a wonderful read, to say the least! If you want to read about the dancing palm tree, you should check out that link.
3. The Tortoise and the Hare
The tortoise and the hare is yet another classic Nigerian Folklore story. It’s all about a race between the tortoise and the hare.
Laughable right? Yet, the unthinkable happens. The tortoise wins. If there is one thing this story teaches, it’s that slow and steady always wins the race.
Here’s a link to the tortoise and the hare if you’re interested.
If you haven’t seen any Nigerian folktale stories about the tortoise, then you simply have no idea what you’re missing.
4. The Tortoise and the Elephant
Now, this is one story where the tortoise played a really good role. I mean he helped save his kingdom. The elephant sha suffered a lot.
This tale by moonlight story teaches us a wonderful lesson- take whatever you see with a pinch of salt.
It’s really easy to become carried away by the promise of luxury and fame. Make sure you cross-check your facts before making any decision.
If you want to see the full story of the tortoise and the elephant, that link will take you to it.
Now, let’s look at the last Nigerian folklore story.
5. The King’s Magic drum
Now, this is another brilliant Nigerian folklore story about a magic drum that provided food when they beat it. Yet again, the tortoise was at the center of the whole problem.
Sometimes, I wonder why we targeted the tortoise so much in our play. However, it surely endeared that animal to us while growing up. This story shows us the problems associated with being greedy.
It really never ends well. Here’s a link to the story about the king’s magic drum
Nigerian Folklore Stories are timeless
We really can never get enough of all the tales by moonlight stories. It’s something that should stay with us for a long time.
Who really would want to forget the tortoise?