The Wind and the Sun

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The Wind and the Sun

An Akan Story by Farida Salifu


One day, the boastful wind declared to the sun, ‘You know that I am the strongest and most effective of all the weather!’
And the sun replied, ‘All weather can be strong and effective.’
But the stubborn wind disagreed. ‘All weather is strong,’ said the wind, ‘but I am the strongest of all. Let us have a competition to prove this. The weather that makes people remove the most of their clothing will show that they are indeed the strongest of all.’
The sun agreed to take part in the competition and suggested that the wind should go first. And so the wind blew and blew upon the earth, creating first a light breeze, and th