The Tooth of a Toad [Ako re’Oghwokpo]

There is an old African tale once used as a common allegory. There was once a flourishing pond with an environ full of animals and provided enough for all their needs. Strife was minimal. A Monitor Lizard in the pond had a big reputation for perpetrating wickedness, slander and treachery against other animals that inhabited the environs of the pond. His stripes, eyes and movements made him look both alien and wretched – perhaps the source of his deformed personality. As with the eventuality of all evil agents, the Monitor Lizards’ reign of wickedness had gradually undermined its own self and had become passé. The act that decisively craped Monitor Lizard was a small lie, “the Toad bit me, the Toad is such a spiteful and dangerous animal!” he tried to persuade others. The Duck bemused and emboldened with sympathy from many of the other animals then responded, “but the Toad has no teeth, how did he bite you?” The Monitor Lizard realising the wholesale stupidity and visibility of his smear against Toad and noticing the satisfaction of the other animals felt that he was finally exposed for what he truly was [and hated himself virulently], he walked away from the pond in shame which he was used to bearing on his emptied conscience; he never returned there again.

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Pyrates and Chiefs: Twisted Rules

The Pyrates Confraternity (PC) a.k.a. the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) has many self-ascribed ‘codes of honour’ it often fails to keep because it lacks the requisite focus to enforce them consistently. Then there are those codes they cannot keep but violate secretly – the “Don’t Be Caught” or “Don’t Flaunt It” rules apply. NAS frowns upon its members procuring or accepting chieftaincy titles under the edict of “Against Moribund Convention”. Princes though, are permitted to be what they are by birth and ascend the throne of rulership when necessary. However, last weekend the Pyrates Cap’n of NAS International convened an emergency international convention at very short notice, apparently not to resolve unforeseen developments affecting the confraternity but to celebrate the conferring of a chieftaincy title upon him. A NAS rule was broken conspicuously by its own leader with convenience and ‘legitimacy’ of an official function. Continue reading “Pyrates and Chiefs: Twisted Rules”