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Akanna Okeke: Meet Theo and His 3 Wise Children

Akanna Okeke



Theo was a well respected man in his days.  He lived at a time when having male children was glorified by society, but he didn’t have one. And that was the only flaw people saw with him.

He had a daughter, Sophia.  He loved her very much and would take her, along with him, on walks in and around the city.  People sneered at this because it was an activity reserved for a man and his son, not his daughter.  But Theo did not mind.  He really enjoyed his walks with Sophie because she asked him a lot of questions about a lot of things that she observed along the way.

Theo answered all of Sophie’s questions and taught her the names of everything he knew.  She grew to appreciate knowledge, and so she studied very broadly to know more about more things.

Theo then had another daughter, Sunesis.  Now he had two daughters and no son.  His respect in society was starting to be questioned.  His wife was now being stigmatized among the women.  Some of them talked negatively about her to their husbands and somehow convinced them to stop being good friends with Theo.

This was seen as very ridiculous to Theo, who was engrossed in spending time with his daughter, Sunesis.  She had a curiosity that was even deeper than her sister’s.  She not only wanted to know what things were, but why they were, and how they worked.  He took delight in explaining these things to her, and in debating ideas with her, back and forth, as she grew older before his eyes.

After a very long while, Theo had a son –the son of his old age.  He was called Phronesis and he was loved by everyone in the home, especially by his sisters Sophia and Sunesis.  They taught him everything they knew and held nothing back.

Sophia even went as far as teaching him the different parts of the human body, especially the female one, which she knew better.  Sunesis taught him how these parts all worked, all their different sensations, and essentially ‘what made them tick’.

Phronesis used this knowledge to his advantage and, because of this; he became a “serial lover”.  All the girls adored and chased after him.  It didn’t help that he was handsome, very much so!  He was also a hustler; always out there making things happen.  He restored his father’s respect and also increased his wealth because he knew the laws of trade and understood how business worked in the land, and wasn’t afraid to put his knowledge and understanding to good use.

He learnt a lot from his sisters.  From Sophia, he learnt what things were and the laws guiding them.  From Sunesis, he understood the intricacies of things, how they worked and how to work them.  He attacked the world and he conquered!

With everything going well for Phronesis, he became proud and somewhat disconnected from his family.  He figured he had better results to show than they did, despite all their wisdom, so he could live without them.  He then moved away to another city and took a wife there for himself.  But he sadly realized that he wasn’t doing so well in business as he used to back home.  He knew he could do much better, but for some reason wasn’t able to.  This depressed him deeply, and affected his relationship with his wife.

One day, his sisters decided to pay him a visit.  They got to his home and met his wife, who complained to them about his depression and the growing distance between them.  Not long after, Phronesis got back home from another “failed” day in the market place.

He was pleased to see his sisters there, but also a little ashamed as he would have preferred they met him in a much more prosperous state.  He explained to them how he had been failing in the market place since he got to this new city. While he was still speaking, Sophie interrupted to point out that “the people here are quite different from those back home.  Their culture is different and so is their way of conducting business”.  Sunesis agreed with her and went on to explain, to him, the intricacies of the culture and how he was supposed to weave in certain new behaviours in his interaction with the people, especially in the market place, if he wanted to be really successful in business.  “When in Rome, she said, “behave like the Romans to win them over”.

Phronesis’ eyes were opened.  He went ahead to do as his sisters had advised, and he became hugely successful, as a result, and his marriage began to flourish as well.

He returned home, after a while, to thank his sisters and to visit his parents.  He told his dad everything that had happened and how his sisters came to his aid.  This pleased Theo.  He was so proud of his children and called them to himself to praise them for coming together, as one, to solve a problem.

He told them that this was how he always intended it to be.  That they were all wise in their own ways, but that ultimate wisdom came about when they got together to: identify a problem, understand the problem and how to solve it, and then go ahead and solve that problem.

“Knowledge, understanding, and the application of both, which is practical wisdom, is the perfect mix”, he said. “And that represents you Sophia, you Sunesis, and you my dear Phronesis.  Make sure you all stick together and work together.  And never forget your father, the man who taught you all these things –the source of all your wisdom”.

They took their father’s advice and lived in this manner, making Theo the most admired father in the land.

Photo Credit: Konstantin Sutyagin |


  1. funmilola

    January 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I imagined myself reading a novel….?

    • Akanna Okeke

      Akanna Okeke

      January 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm


  2. Purplegirl

    January 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Bella Naija where is you like button oooo. I loved this, it could easily be a tales by moonlight kind of story to pass on generations to come

    • Akanna Okeke

      Akanna Okeke

      January 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      I appreciate your comment! I would take that over any like button! 🙂 Glad you loved it.

  3. dhoney

    January 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I am blessed with three beautiful girls (a lovely twin and my adorable last card) too and love them beyond words can express. My wife once complained about having a response was epic..”babe, go get a boyfriend to give you the boy cos for me o, I am ok with these beautiful angels”.. They give me strength to continue hustling everyday. I love my gals and proud of them.

    • Akanna Okeke

      Akanna Okeke

      January 25, 2017 at 2:32 am

      That’s great, I’m sure they are a tremendous blessing to you. Finding joy in them is very important instead of looking for it elsewhere. If “elsewhere” comes, then fine – we find joy in that too. But we always find joy in what we have at the moment!

  4. Tola

    January 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    You write very well. Inspirational articles. Haven’t read this though. Will get back to it in a bit.

    • Akanna Okeke

      Akanna Okeke

      January 25, 2017 at 2:33 am

      Thank you Tola. I hope get back and let’s know what you think 😉

  5. Marian

    January 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    My english teacher would have been like, why did the author put more empasis on the names of the children? I had to use google to get the reference.
    Enjoyed it as usual. I kinda feel like it was about God and us. We should acknowledge Him in all our ways. I don’t know if you are a christian but it reminded me of 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27.

    • Akanna Okeke

      Akanna Okeke

      January 25, 2017 at 2:35 am

      You got me Marian. One of my goals was to get readers to do a little bit of searching to get the real gist of the story. And yes, your feeling is correct!

    • Lady!

      January 25, 2017 at 4:55 am

      That’s exactly what I got from it as well. Glad I’m not alone. Great piece!

  6. Babym

    January 24, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Awwww burriful! Loved it. I shall add this to our bedtime story collection. The little one will be pleased ☺️

    • Akanna Okeke

      Akanna Okeke

      January 25, 2017 at 2:36 am

      I’m glad you loved it..And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the little one would too!

  7. Rich

    January 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Beautiful story. 3 Kinds of knowledge.

    • Akanna Okeke

      Akanna Okeke

      January 25, 2017 at 2:37 am

      Yes, Rich! 3 Kinds of Wisdom! You get the picture 😉

  8. Big Sis

    February 13, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Deep thought… Wisdom triplicated

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