Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY The Lazy Dreamer










Once, in a small village, there lived a poor Brahmin. He was very learned, but did nothing all day. Every day he lived on alms the villagers gave him.


One day, as usual, the Brahmin got up in the morning and set out to beg for alms. As he went from door to door, people gave him several things. Some gave him dal.


Others gave him rice and yet others gave him vegetables. But one generous lady gave the Brahmin a large measure of flour.


“Ah! What good luck. I will not have to beg for alms for a long time," thought the Brahmin to himself. He went home and cooked his lunch. After he had eaten, the Brahmin put the flour into a large mud pot and hung it near his bed.


“Now, it will be safe from rats," he said to himself as he lay down in his cot for an afternoon nap. He began to think, “I will save this flour until there is a famine.


“Then I will sell it at a very good price. With that, I will buy a pair of goats. Very soon, I will have a large flock of goats. With their milk, I will make more money.


“Then I will buy a cow and a bull. Very soon I will also have a large herd of cows. Their milk will fetch me a lot of money. I will become very wealthy. I will build for myself, a huge palace and get married to a beautiful woman... Then we will have a little son.


“I will be a proud father. In a few months my son will start crawling. He will be mischievous and I will be very worried that he may come to some harm. I will call out to my wife to take care of him.


“But she will be busy with house work and will ignore my call. I will get so angry. I will kick her to teach her a lesson like this..."


In the process the Brahmin threw out his leg and hit the pot of flour hanging overhead and it came down with a resounding crash, spilling the flour all over the dirty floor.


The lazy Brahmin realised that his foolishness and vanity had cost him a precious measure of flour. The laziness and foolishness taught him a lesson. Thereafter he lived an active life. From




I am an object, I cry without a voice, flutter without wings, and bite without teeth; who am I?

What falls but never breaks?

It happens four times in every week, twice in every month and once in a year, what is it?

What cannot be used except it is broken?

What is tall in the morning and short at noon, disappears at night, but comes back soon after?

What has an end but no beginning, a home but no family, and a space without room?




1. Wind 2. The night 3. The letter ‘E’ 4. An egg 5. A shadow 6. A keyboard



  • Did you know most mathematical symbols were invented in the 16th century?
  • Did you know what comes after million is billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion and nonillion?
  • Did you know more fresh mangoes are eaten around the world every day than any other fruit?
  • Did you know watermelon can be classed as both a fruit and a vegetable?
  • Did you know as a food, pumpkin can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled?


Live a healthy life

Doctors say kids your age should be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Here are some tips to keep in mind during physical activity:

  1. Physical activity is fun! Being physically active doesn’t have to be a hard or scary thing. Did you know that riding bikes with your friends, jumping rope, playing hopscotch, and running around the park with your friends are all types of physical activity? Any game where you are up and moving are great ways to stay physically active and make your heart, bones, and muscles strong.
  2. Keep it exciting: Ask your friends what their favourite types of physical activity are and make a list of all of them. Make a deal with your friends to try a new activity off the list each week. Who knows, you may learn a new game! Culled from www.heart.org.


1.                   Which agency regulates universities in Nigeria?          

2.                   What is the highest qualification obtained in Polytechnics?

3.                   What system of education does Nigeria operate?

4.                   The entry examination required for admission into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions is called?

5.                   The National Board for Technical Education regulates which tier of tertiary education in Nigeria?




1, National Universities Commission 2. Higher National Diploma 3. 6-3-3-4 system 4. Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination administered by JAMB 5. Polytechnics


















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