Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORIES The four students

There were four friends who hated studying. They partied all night before their exams and planned to skip the test by lying to the professor. So they went to the dean and told him that they had been to a wedding the previous night and on their way back, they had a flat tire. They continued to say that they had to push the car all the way back, as they didn’t have a spare tire and hence, were not in a position to write the exam.

The dean listened and agreed to let them take the test on a later date. Happy that they got a second chance, the four friends studied hard and were ready for the exam. On exam day, the dean asked the students to sit in separate classrooms, which the students agreed to.

The examination paper had only two questions, for a total of 100 marks. The questions were thus:

  1. Your name:
  2. Which tire of the car burst: a) Front left b) Front right c) Rear left d) Rear right

Moral: You may be smart, but there are people smarter than you in the world. From


The boasting traveller

A man came back from a tour and boasted about his adventurous journeys. He talked at length about the different people he met and his amazing feats that got him fame and praise from people everywhere. He went on to say that he went to the Rhodes where he had leaped to such distances that no man could ever match his feat.

He even went on to say that there were witnesses who would vouch for his words. Hearing the man boast so much, a smart bystander said, “Oh good man, we do not need any witnesses to believe your words. Imagine this place to be Rhodes and leap for us”.

The lying traveller didn’t know what to do and went away quietly.

Moral: He who does a thing well does not need to boast. From www.momjunction.com.


1.I am a delicate object, if you call my name you break me, who am I?

2.Mr. Sule lives in Zuma rock and Mr. Afolabi in Olumo rock, who lives in Aso rock?

3. Something defies the law of gravity; it goes up and never comes down, what is it?

4.They visit at night without being invited and disappear in the morning without being pursued, who are they?

5.I am an object with one eye but cannot see, who am I?

6.I am active, people feel my impact but cannot see me, who am I?

7.A driver of an SUV drove from Lagos to Ibadan without putting on his headlights, no street lights were on, and the moon was not out, how did he see the road?


1.Silence 2. The president 3. Age 4. Stars and moon 5. Needle 6. Air 7. He drove during day light



Did you know all insects have 6 legs?

Did you know cats spend 66% of their life asleep?

Did you know spiders are arachnids and not insects?

Did you know an ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain?

Did you know most lipsticks contain fish scales?


1.What is the official language of Nigeria?

2.What are the three major indigenous languages in Nigeria?

3.What are the three exogenous languages in Nigeria?

4.How many living languages are estimated to exist in Nigeria?

5.How many languages in Nigeria are deemed to be extinct?


1. English language 2. Hausa Yoruba and Igbo 3. English, French and Arabic 4. 520 5. Seven  


KIDS and Health

Are Video games bad for me?

Lots of kids love video games. In fact, they like them so much that they might hear something like this from mom or dad: "Enough! Unplug that thing and find something else to do!"

It can be good advice, even if you were just about to crash through to the next level. Why? Too much of anything is just too much. It's true that some studies have shown certain video games can improve hand–eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and the mind's ability to process information. But too much video game playing may lead to health problems.

It's hard to get enough active play and exercise if you're always inside playing video games. And without enough exercise, kids can become overweight.

Really overdoing video games also could affect other important stuff, like friendships and how well a kid does in school. And kids who play violent video games might act more aggressively.

But here's the good news: Playing video games some of the time can be OK. Just choose quality games and limit screen time — which includes TV, computer, smartphone, tablet, and video game time combined — to no more than 2 hours a day.

A good game will be the right one for how old you are. Games are rated like movies and your mom or dad can help figure out which ones you should use. If you can choose one that gets you up and moving, that's even better.

You might challenge your mom, dad — or even your grandma — to swing the bat in a game of baseball or try out some fancy moves in one of the dancing games. Could your grandma be a dancing queen? Time to find out! Fromwww.kidshealth.org.








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