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True Stories From Africa...

The Phebe Hospital Massacre-September 1994

It seemed well rehearsed and choreographed. Two ladies, on meeting, suddenly transformed and pretended to be lame and crippled; they jerked, trembled and struggled for balance and finally hugged, and an eruption of laughter started that seemed interminable. Read full story...

True Pem Pem - Dead Man Story

In December 2007, a poor Liberian family had the problem of moving a dead body from Harbel to Cotton Tree. With little resources, the family decided that the cheapest way was to transport the body by pem pem (motor bike).

The family identify a pem pem driver who agreed to transport the body for LD 3,000 ($50.00). The pem pem driver pulled up in the yard. The family sat the dead man up on the back of the pem pem. They lean him forward on the pem pem driver's back, and put a black plastic bag over the dead man's face. They ask the pem pem driver if he was okay? He said yes and took off speeding down the highway. The breeze was strong and after about a couple of miles the plastic bag flew off the dead man's face. It was at that moment the pem pem driver looked in his rear view mirror and saw the dead man looking at him with his tounge sticking out.

He panic, lost contol of the bike and ran it right into the gutter shouting, "my people, your come for me o, the dead man want catch me, your help me o, he will will catch me...."

True Liberian Ghost Story

This story happened a while ago in Monrovia , and even though it sounds like a tale, it's true.

John Forkpa, a University of Liberia student, was on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark October night and in the midst of a storm with thunder and lighting. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got in the car and closed the door, just to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't on!

The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road and saw a curve approaching.
Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life.

Then, just before he hit the curve, a hand appeared through the window and turned the wheel.
John, paralyzed with terror, watched how the hand appeared every time they came to a curve.
John saw the lights of a shop down the road so, gathering strength, jumped out of the car and ran to it.

Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and asked for two shots of gin.
He then started telling everybody about the horrible experience he went through.

A silence enveloped everybody when they realized he was crying and....wasn't drunk.

About 15 minutes later, two guys walked into the same shop. They were also wet and out of breath.

Looking around and seeing John Forkpa sobbing at the bar, one said to the other, Look at, .. there's the stupid ass that got in the car while we were pushing it.


Why Spider Has A Small Waist

Once upon a time. Time......

Spider was once invited to two towns that were having feast. He accepted the invitation of both towns. There were no clocks, telephone, fax service or email to tell him the time of the feast. So Spider came up with his own solution. He tied a rope around his waist, and give one end to friends in each town. He told each one, that when the feast was ready to begin, they should pull the rope to notify him that they were about to eat. When he felt the tug, he will then head for the feast in that town.

Spider waited and waited for the rope to be pulled, finally, the time arrived. Spider felt a tug from one side, he jumped up and started heading in the direction of that town, suddenly there was a jerk from the other side, and he found himself right back where he started from. Then the rope began to tighten around his waist, as his friends pulled on the rope from both direction. They pulled and pulled and pulled, but spider did not show up, they pulled even harder and still spider didn't come.

The harder they pulled, the smaller spider waist became, and all spider could do, was watch and feel the pain of his waist getting smaller and smaller and he didn't get to eat any of the food that was being served at feast in either town.

And that is why today, Spider has a small waist. Moral of the story, don't be greedy.

The End

Submitted to TLC Africa by Kulubozomo Gbolee-Weefaa

A Grebo Parable: Submitted by Jack & Olga van Dam

Once, all the animals were playing a game called "Seebee". This game they played as follows: The participants make a ring, while singing, one of the animals would get in the center to dance, then push another in the ring as a sign of challenge. The one so challenged would get out of the ring and do the same thing. The push is so violent that at times the one pushed, falls.

Tedecho, the smallest rat, jumped onto the elephant's foot, for him to come out. "Eh my Man",No one has challenged me" said the elephant. "Yes, I have" said Tedecho, the rat. "How have you, please show me", said the elephant there-upon the small rat stomped again on the elephant's foot.

"Is that the challenge?", asked the elephant. "Yes", said Tedecho. The elephant trumpeted in the air, shoke his head and remarked that if unequal were going to challenge each other, the play should be called off!

Moral: It becomes embarrassing when a small boy challenges a giant, which, if done however, should be disregarded by the latter.

Pleebo, 1959.

Spider Story By Fatu Dorley

Once upon a time... time. 

There was spider who stole from the king and the punishment was death. So the king called all the town people to come and witness the death of Mr. spider. Every body said that they should burn spider for the crime he committed.

 Spider started to laugh and say " O fire and myself are good friends I beg your put me in the fire please please." So the king got mad and said they were going to throw him in the river. 

Spider started to cry and beg " No my people don't throw me in the water I'm to afraid of the water, I don't know how to swim." So the king said that was his punishment to be thrown in the water. 

As soon as they threw him in the water he floated right to the top and swam right on the other side the water saying I fool all ya'.

The significance of the story is that spider knew if they threw him in the fire he was going to get burned so he tricked the king into letting him put him in the water.

The End

This is about spider

Spider and all the animals were invited to a feast. And spider chose dog to be his partner. When the food was ready, they put spider and dogs food together O. 

All along spider never thought dog had a big mouth. All spider thought was that dog's nose was it's mouth. So spider was so happy because he thought he was going to eat all the food from the dog. 

Spider told the dog to start eating, my people. Because he was going behind the house to pee, ahhh. When spider came back all the food was gone from the bowl. He ask the dog what happen to the food. And the dog open his mouth wideeee. 

Spider cry and laugh and said O I thought your nose was your mouth. And spider never chose dog as his friend again.
The End.
The moral: Don't under estimate people