Collected by: Don Sybertz, Scanned by: Cephas Yao Agbemenu
With special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African proverbs,Sayings and stories)
Namhala umo uyo wali ha ng’wakwe gihamo na bhana bhabhili bhose bhatolile na bhangi bhadobhado. Igingila nzala nhale gete musi yene.
Lushiku lumo namhala ung’wila nke, natule ng’ombe jose nachale kunada, ulunupandika hela nagagule shiliwa jingi gete. Nkima wakwe ung’wila, “Alugutula abhayanda?” Namhala ulema “Naguchala nu nene duhu.”
Huna utula jose ugajijinja, naguja si ja kule adashogile kaya mpaga miaka itandatu, go mpungati nzala yingila nhale gete. Nang’hwe ubhiza na makoye wiza kung’wakwe.
Nawandya guchobha gashokele. Ubhuka wegela na wibhuja nite kinehe ing’wane iganisumbile? Iki nagabhingija ng`ombe jose ha nzala ihaha bhapona giko.
Uliga mu malale, usoleleja mitumba mingi gete na mapembe ga ng’holo ugasombela makala na nang’hago chuma na ng’hinda. Aho wegela bhumona izile, ngikullu ubhawila bhana bhakwe nadizumona munhu ogusung’wana inadisumaga ilali.
Namhala aho oshiga adanyombije munhu ushiga hanyango witunda na gusimba ichongo usola ipembe ulifugila utimba na guhaya giki, “Uyo uhaya giki nagamala shikolo, nagujimila, hasi!
Ngikulu ogoha gucha ubhawila bhana nsung’wanagi unamhala wangu, miligo yakwe yuchalwa mkaya, nagwinhwa minzi ga goga.
Kiswahili: Mzee Na Watoto Wake Wawili
Mzee mmoja aliyekuwa na familia pamoja na watoto wake wawili ambao wote walikuwa wameoa na wengine walikuwa bado wadogo. Iliingia njaa kubwa kabisa katika nchi ile.
Siku moja mzee alimwambia mke wake, “niswage ng’ombe wote nipeleke mnadani, ili nikipata pesa nikanunue chakula kingi kabisa.” Mke wake alimwambia, “kwa nini wasiswage wavulana?” Mzee alikataa, “Nitapeleka mimi tu.”
Ndipo akaswaga ng’ombe wote, kwenda kuwauza na kwenda nchi za mbali. Hakurudi nyumbani mpaka miaka sita, ule wa saba njaa iliingia kubwa kabisa. Naye akawa na taabu akaamua kurudi nyumbani kwake.
Ndipo akaanza kutafuta namna ya kuweza kurudi. Akaanza safari akakaribia na kujiuliza, “nifanye nini ili familia yangu ikanipokee? Kwa vile niliwaondolea ng’ombe wote wakati wa njaa, na sasa wamepata vyakula vingi hivyo!!
Akapita mashambani, akaokoteza vibuyu vingi kabisa na mapembe ya kondoo akayawekea mikaa na mazindiko akiwa na vyuma na njuga. Alipokaribia wakamuona akiwa anakuja, mama aliwaambia watoto wake, “nisimuone mtu wa kumpokea ndipo tumekaa mbali naye moja kwa moja. Uhemeaji gani huo wa moja kwa moja!”
Mzee alipofika hakumsemesha mtu. Alifika mlangoni akachuchumaa na kuchimba shimo akachukua pembe akalifukia na kupiga kwa ngumi akisema hivi, “Yule atakayesema kwamba nilimaliza mali, nakupotea, chini!”
Mama akaogopa kufa akawaambia watoto wake, “mpokeeni mzee haraka.” Mizigo yake ikapelekwa ndani, na akapewa maji ya kuoga.
ENGLISH: THE OLD MANWITH HIS TWO CHILDREN
There was once one old man who had a family. He had two children who were both married.Other children were still young. There came a severe famine in the land.
One day,the old man told his wife, “Let me sell all my cows to give me some money to buy enough food.” His wife said to him, “Why don’t we send the boys to to take the cows to the market?” The old man refused, “I will do that myself.”
Then he took all the cattle and went to sell them to a market. After selling them, he did not go backhome and went to a foreign country for six years. In the seventh year, famine came in. By that time, he had spent all the money. He got trouble and decided to go back home.
Then he started looking for a proper way to get back. He began the journey and approached and asked himself, “What can I do to make my family receive me? Since I took away all the cattle during the famine and left them in trouble, and now they have found so much food!
On his way, he picked up plant stalks and the sheep’s horns and pastries with licks and gourds. As he approached, they saw him coming.The mother told her children, “I should not see anyone going to receive him.We must stay away from him. How can a person disappear for that long in the name of looking for food?”
When the old man arrived, he did not say a word to a person. He came to the door and dug a hole and took the horn and place it in the hole with a fist and said, “Should anyone say that I finished the money, he will disappear through this hole!”
Being afraid, the mother was told her children, “Welcome the old man straight away.” His luggage was taken in, and he was given a bath.