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I was touched by the story of that village which, by a happy Providence, was exalted to the hill top of fame. For a long time it towered above the neighbouring villages until it was invaded by an aggressive swarm of bees from an unknown colony. Of itself, the swarm found a homely bee tree at the entrance to the only forest in the village. All those who went to the forest either to fetch firewood or to hunt for game were confronted by the aggressive bees.

In prompt response to the situation, the village chief summoned the meeting of the elders to deliberate on how to get rid of the unfriendly invaders or even tame them to friendliness. An old apiarist, in that meeting, offered to be allowed to pick a few people and tactfully drive the bees away from the village. The elders inquired from him how he would drive the bees away without harming the villagers. The old apiarist boasted that he would rely on the magic wand of his dexterity and bee keeping experience to solve that issue before four market days. On the strength of his claim and convincing argument, he was asked to undertake the project with his men.

Surprisingly at the end of the four market days, there was practically nothing to show for the promises of the old apiarist. The swarm of bees was still there at the village forest. Many people who were stung were suffering more from the crippling fear of the bees than from the effect of the bee venom. More so, it was not only that the old apiarist could not drive the bees from the forest, but that another swarm had also invaded the village market. People could no longer go to the forest to fetch firewood nor to the market to do business transaction as they desire. The village life lost its taste as people became fear stricken and desperate because the old apiarist, who promised to solve the the bees issue with his repertoire of skills from many years of bee keeping experience, seemed to have unskillfully multiplied the existing problem. For the elders, the entire villagers as well as the old apiarist and his men, it was a failed project.

Then the village chief made a distress call to all the elders and also invited the old apiarist. The elders took time to express their disappointment at the failure of the old apiarist. But in defensive response, the old apiarist explained the numerous steps he took, the huge amount of capital he spent in the project and the veracity of the apicultural principle he applied in solving the problem. In fact, he wished strongly that he should be given another four market days for the full application of these principles.

At this, the elders went for four minutes consultation after which they addressed the old apiarist through the village chief thus;

“You promised to solve our problem in four market days. These have come and gone, but our problem has remained unsolved; in fact, it has increased tremendously. About four days ago, we had raised alarm over the aggressive bees that clustered at the forest, today the bees have also invaded the village market. We cannot give you another four market days again because we do not want the aggressive bees to invade our homes and sting us and our children to extinction. Any logic or principle that cannot save us now or guarantee the future of our children in this village is illogical. This is the position of the elders”.

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3 Comments

  1. Hilary

    December 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    This is a nice piece and at the right time because just as the election is at hand, let us know that anyone who has not delivered us from our troubles before now should not be given another chance.

    • frozuluonyew

      December 26, 2018 at 4:02 am

      Thanks a lot for reading and appreciating mustardstories.

  2. Lakeisha Montpas

    December 25, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for putting up. “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.” by George Baker.

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