Tortoise Wins the Spicy Food Competition

Spicy peppers make food taste wonderful, but what do you do when your mouth needs cooling down?

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Tortoise is a trickster figure in many Nigerian folk tales.

I was told the story by Roland Marshal, who remembers it from his primary school in Nigeria.

Roland also told me another tale, The Tortoise Called “All of You”.

Why the Bat Flies at Night is another Nigerian animal tale, just added to the video gallery.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres, or as here in my home studio.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.

The videos are © Richard Martin.

Professionally recorded CDs and DVDs are available here.

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For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling