Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORIES The Midas touch

In ancient Greek, there was a king named Midas. He had a lot of gold and everything he needed. He also had a beautiful daughter. Midas loved his gold very much, but he loved his daughter more than his riches.

One day, a satyr named Silenus got drunk and passed out in Midas’ rose garden. Believing that Satyrs always bring good luck, Midas lets Silenus rest in his palace until he is sober, against the wishes of his wife and daughter. Silenus is a friend of Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration. Upon learning Midas’ kindness towards his friend, Dionysus decides to reward the keg.

When asked to wish for something, Midas says “I wish everything I touch turns to gold”. Although Dionysus knew it was not a great idea, he granted Midas his wish.

Happy that his wish was granted, Midas went around touching random things in the garden and his palace and turned them all into gold. He touched an apple, and it turned into a shiny gold apple. His subjects were astonished but happy to see so much gold in the palace.

In his happiness, Midas went and hugged his daughter, and before he realized, he turned her into a lifeless, golden statue! Aghast, Midas ran back to the garden and called for Dionysus. He begged the god to take away his power and save his daughter. Dionysus gives Midas a solution to change everything back to how it was before the wish. Midas learned his lesson and lived the rest of his life contended with what he had.

Moral: Do not get greedy. Be happy and content with what you have. From www.momjunction.com.

Controlling anger

There was once a young boy who had problem controlling his temper. When he became angry, he would just say anything that came to his mind and hurt people. So his father gave him a bag of nails and a hammer and said, “Every time you get angry, hammer one nail into the fence in our backyard”.

The first few days the boy hammered so many nails that he emptied half the bag. Over the weeks, the number of nails he hammered to the fence reduced and gradually, his temper was much in control. Then came a day when he didn’t lose his temper at all. His father asked him to remove one nail each day that he manages not to lose his temper.

Finally, on the day the child was removing the last nail, his father says, “You have done well, boy. But do you see the holes in the wall? The fence is never going to be the same, even after repainting. Likewise, when you say mean things in anger, you will leave a scar in the person’s mind, as the nails did to the fence”.

Moral: Anger is a dangerous weapon like a knife. When someone is cut with a knife the wound heals but the scar remains. Fromwww.momjunction.com.


1.The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is made up of how many Senators?

2.Abuja is to Nigeria what Accra is to?

3.What is the slogan of Enugu State?

4.Who is the Governor of Lagos State?

5.Who led the palace coup that overthrew Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in 1995?


1. 109 Senators 2. Ghana 3. Coal city state 4. Mr Akinwunmi Ambode 5. Gen. Sani Abacha


Did you know?

Did you know a group of fish is called a shoal or school?

Did you know leap years occur mostly every four years?

Did you know frogs don’t drink water, they absorb water through their skins?

Did you know the chicken is one of the few animals that can be eaten before their births and after their deaths?

Did you know watermelon can be classed as both a fruit and a vegetable?


What do poor people have, rich people need it, and if you eat it you'll die?

What did the rib cage say to the heart?

It lives without a body, hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, and is born in air. What is it?

What can you catch but not throw?


 What goes in the water black and comes out red?


During what month do people sleep the least?



1.Nothing 2. I got you covered 3. An echo 4. Cold 5. A lobster 6. February because it has the least days




Rules for online safety

If you're a kid who likes to have fun and chat with friends online, here's how you can stay safe and avoid problems:

Stick to safer sites. Your parents and teachers can guide you to the best sites for you. Some sites have age restrictions, so you might be tempted to lie about your age. It's safer to tell the truth and avoid those sites until you're older.

Guard your passwords. If someone can sign in as you, you have no control over what they do or say. And everyone will think it's you! So don't share your passwords with anyone except your parents.

Limit what you share. Never tell a stranger where you live or your phone number. If you're not sure if you should share something, ask a parent. Remember that anything you put online or post on a site is there forever, even if you try to delete it. If you wouldn't want your entire class to know or see something, you shouldn't share it with anyone online, not even your best friends.

Don't be mean or embarrass other people online. Just like you, there's a real person attached to that screen name who has feelings too.

Always tell if you see strange or bad online behavior. Tell an adult right away if someone says something to you that makes you uncomfortable. Also tell an adult if you see anyone bullying or saying strange stuff to other kids.

Be choosy about your online friends. Some sites let kids make lots of friends with people they don't know. But online friends are not the same as real in-person friends. Never agree to meet an online friend in person or give out personal information about yourself. It's dangerous because some people pretend to be kids online but actually are creepy adults. Fromkidshealth.org.



















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