This week I reproduce a Sudanese folktale from the collection Wisdom from The Nile (Ahmed al-Shahi and F.C.T. Moore, Oxford Library of African Literature, 1978)
The tale, from the Shaiqiya, is entitled Jiraida and is sly and gently subversive, as a woman’s sleight of hand leads to both danger and fortune.
“Jiraida” is a diminutive of grasshopper in Sudanese Arabic.
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Below, a literacy and numeracy game at one of our literacy circles, held before the pandemic.