Welcome once, again! As we near the close of the 2020 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour. Today we’re clapping and shouting for our featured artist, who is none other than Author, Joy Nwosu-Lo-Bamijoko. Her tale topic is on “IROKO”
In the past, nobody would have taken notice of Iroko, the biggest and tallest tree in the forest. But then, cities started to grow and to eat into the forests. Trees were cut to make way for the growing cities. But the Iroko tree resisted being cut down. Any time an axe cut the tree, the axe either broke or the cut bled, real blood, and cries, ear-piercing cries, like human cries were heard coming from the tree.
The stories surrounding Iroko were such that settlers decided to let it stand and the town grew all around and away from it. Things went on peacefully for a while, but soon it became clear that Iroko did not like the exposure it was getting from the people surrounding it. After all, this tree was the king of the forest, where both trees and animals revered it. Now, standing in the midst of humans, with no one paying it any heed, all of this would change very rapidly. . . .
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