I remember the priest’s story one sunday about a Little girl who was being scared by her friends. They told her that Mami-Iwota was going to deal with her. Regaling her with tales of Mami-Iwota’s horrible treatment of her enemies, they expected her to be scared and start cowering; instead the girl stood up tall and declared she wasn’t afraid of her.
Everyone was shocked, they then started mocking her thinking she didn’t understand the severity of the things Mami-Iwota could do to her, but the girl replied “I am not afraid of her. Yes, I know she is dangerous but whatever she does to me, once I get hold of Iwota I will do three-fold and she would never mess with me again.”
For those who are confused, Mami-Iwota is a siren that lives in water. But when you translate it literally from Igbo, it means Mother of Iwota. I had heard and used the word Mami-Iwota for 19 years of my life till that day and I never thought of it literally.
I learnt a big lesson that day:
1. There are so many perspectives to whatever it is you think you know already
2. Listen to as many views/opinions no matter how insignificant the speaker is to you, you never know
3. Everyone has something to give, it might seem unbelievable but it’s true