Collected by: Don Sybertz, Scanned by: Cephas Yao Agbemenu
With special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African proverbs,Sayings and stories)
Nchilu ogusamba bhiloleji uleka abhabhini. Oliho ngosha umo olagijaga mbina ha ng’wakwe. Ulubhandya ugubhina, osola jisambo obhinha abhanhu abhobhizaga gwilolela, oleka abho bhagubhinaga.
Ugwene guhaya giki, ulu namugi agamalilaga sabho jakwe kuwalwa nulu kubhashimbe, agusambaga bhiloleji.
Kiswahili: Mwenye Hasira Huzawadia Watazamaji Anaacha Wachezaji
Mwenye asira huzawadia watazamaji na kuwaacha wachezaji. Alikuwepo mwanamume mmoja aliyekuwa anaagiza ngoma kwake. Wakiaanza kucheza alichukua zawadi anawapa watu waliokwenda kutazama, aliacha waliokuwa wanacheza.
Ndiyo kusema kwamba, kama mwenye nyumba anamalizia pesa zake kwenye pombe au kwa wanawake, anazawadia watazamaji.
ENGLISH: A STUPID MAN REWARDS VIEWERS RATHER THAN DANCERS
There once lived a man who one day invited different groups of dancers to his house. After the dancers had started dancing, he gave gifts to the viewers who had come to watch them dance, instead of giving them to the dancers.
The moral of this tale is that a man who wastes his money on alcohol or women rewards viewers rather than dancers.