Friday 15 March 2024

How the Oba of Bini Made His Sons Wise

About a century ago, in Bini kingdom, there lived an Oba who had three sons. The monarch valued humility and compassion above all else, and wanted his sons to learn the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect, regardless of their station in life.

To teach them this lesson, the king sent each of his sons on a journey to a faraway land to live among the common people for a year, disguised as peasants. During their travels, they were to work as servants and general labourers in various households and farms, experiencing firsthand the conditions faced by ordinary people.

The eldest son, Prince Osaro, was initially uncomfortable with his new life as a servant. However, as he toiled in the fields alongside his fellow laborers and witnessed the struggles they went through, his heart softened. He learned the value of hard work and empathy, forming deep bonds with his fellow servants.

The second son, Prince Uyi, faced similar challenges during his time as a servant. Accustomed to a life of luxury, he initially struggled with the menial tasks assigned to him. But as he spent time with the other labourers and heard their stories, he grew to appreciate the resilience and strength of spirit that they possessed. He realized that true nobility came not from birthright, but from one's character and actions.

The youngest son, Prince Ozabor, embraced his role as a servant wholeheartedly from the start. He worked tirelessly alongside his fellow servants, eager to learn from their wisdom and experience. His kind and compassionate nature endeared him to those around him, and he quickly became a beloved member of the household.

After a year had passed, the Oba welcomed his sons back to the palace with open arms. Curious to hear about their experiences, he listened intently as they recounted their adventures as servants. Impressed by their newfound humility and empathy, the king knew that his sons had truly learned the importance of treating all people with dignity and respect.

From that day forward, the three princes dedicated themselves to serving the kingdom with compassion and understanding, ensuring that the lessons they had learned as labourers and servants would never be forgotten. And the kingdom prospered under their wise and just rule, united by the bonds of brotherhood and mutual respect.

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