Collected by: Don Sybertz, Scanned by: Cephas Yao Agbemenu
With special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African proverbs,Sayings and stories)
Mhayo gwenuyo gugakumuchiwa (gukakumuchiwa) na bhagalu aho sabho bhuhemba, Gumha, wacha. Hang’wa Gumha, yaliho ng’hungulume ya Ngoko yalalaga kukisunzu sha numba, ulu bhalogi bhiza, nayo yahilaga.
Uluyahila abhalogi bhaluma nhambo bhajile (tukubhonwa), wangaluka ubhujiku. Nose abhagalu bhose bhali bhamana giki atiho wakumulaga Gumha. Aho Gumha wacha, abhagalu bhose bhuyuhaya giki, “Ng’wenuyu winjiwa kunu kunze na Liwelelo iti bhalogi”.
Niyo gashi, Ing’osha ya Welelo ili yiyene, nachene ikantwala na Ib’ambangulu na ng’wana Malundi, nu jinamhala wa ng’wa Wande ungika.
Kiswahili: Mwanamume Wa Ulimwengu Yuko Peke Yake
Neno hilo lilienezwa na kundi la ngoma lijulikanalo kama “Wagalu” walipoona baba yao wa madawa, aliyejulikana kama “Gumha” amekufa. Kwa Gumha, kulikuwa na Jogoo aliyekuwa akilala kwenye kilele cha nyumba, kama wachawi wakija, naye aliwika (walivyoamini wao).
Alipowika wachawi walitimua mbio wakienda (kwa kadiri ya wao walivyoamini), wakisema “tutaonwa” kumbe kunakucha. Mwishowe, Wagalu wote walifahamu kwamba, hayupo wa kumuua Gumha. Alipokufa Gumha, wagalu wote wakawa wanasema hivi, “Huyo ameondolewa huku nje na Mwenyewe, (Liulimwengu) sio wachawi.”
Kumbe, Mwanamume wa Ulimwengu yuko peke yake. Ndiyo maana ilimchukua na Ibambangulu na Ng’wana Malundi, na mzee wa Wande Mgika (Kundi jingine pinzani na lile la wagalu).
ENGLISH: THE MAN OF THE UNIVERSE IS ALONE
That word was spread by a group of “Drum dancers” known as “Wagalu” when they witnessed heir medicineman, known as “Gumha” to have died. With Gumha, there was a cock which used to be lying on the roof of the house.When witches came and it crowed (according to what they believed).
When it crowed, the witches ran away(according to what they believed).The witches could say,“We will be seen.It is already morning.” Finally, all the Wagalu knew that, there was no one who could kill Gumha. When Gumha died, all the Wagalu were saying, “He has been taken from here by Himself, (the man of the World) and not sorcerers.”
After all, the Man of the World is alone. That is why he took even Ibhambangulu and Ng’wana Malundi, and an old Wande Mgika (another opposing group to that of the wagalu).