Collected by: Don Sybertz, Scanned by: Cephas Yao Agbemenu
With special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African proverbs,Sayings and stories)
Jaliho chalo jimo jitanagwa ng’wachanjo, Sege ni Bubiki. Abhanhu abhalibhikalaga muchalo jenijo bhagayucha no no. Bhuyubhi bhaliyomba giki, ndubhi ikashokaga munda, gashi bhalogagwa yali iti ndubhi.
Yalitingaga ikalaga munda duhu, bhacha na kucha. Ningi ng’wana Yina akamana giki bhagulogagwa nu ng’wana Lala, nina ong’wa Kadulyu.
Akahaya giki, nibhuli ndubhi ili Bubiki na Ng’wachanjo duhu? (bhakibhuja bhoyi duhu) ung’wana Yina akandya kunkob’a ng’wana Lala anoge nang’hwe ache! (ndogi nayo ndogwa).
Ng’wana Yina ng’hana akamulaga ung’wana Lala, ng’wachanjo ni Bubiki jubhiza sele. Bhanhu bhenabha bhoya ukucha.
Ng’wana Yina akimba lyimbo lya bhutambi (nyakindi) lyakubhamanya giki, yalitindubhi-bhulaya tayulogagwa nu ng’wana Lala.
Lyimbo lya bhukindi Ng’wana Yina nakujimya umoto bhabha nagujimya, uyo goyubhakaga mu Seke jalijapyilaga numba, nagujimya, gosaga moto ngehu duhu bhakadulyu, gasagile makala gajimile.
Bhana ng’wachanjo ni Bubiki bhayuchaga bhanigini bhahaya giki ndubhi, ikashogaga munda, bhalibhatamanile igiki bhalogagwa. Gashinaga niliwe lya ng’wana Lala lya kupulila bhuganga, nakindile ng’wana Yina.
Kulikuwepo na kijiji kimoja kiliitwa Mwachanjo, Seke na Bubiki. Watu walioishi vijiji hivyo walikuwa wanakufa mno. Wakawa wanasema kwamba ndui inarudi tumboni, (waliamini kuwa walikuwa wanalogwa tu, haikuwa ndui) ilikuwa haitoki inakaa tumboni wanakufa na kufa.
Manju mwana Yina aliamini kwamba wanalogwa na mwana Lala, mama yake na Kadulyu. Akasema kwa nini ndui iko Bubiki na Mwachanjo tu (waliulizana wao tu).
Mwana Yina akaanza kumtafuta mwana Lala amloge afe (mchawi naye hulogwa) mwana Yina kweli akamuua mwana Lala. Mwachanjo na Bubiki vikawa kimya, watu wakaacha kufa. Mwana Yina akaimba wimbo wa ushindi (kishujaa) wa kuwajulisha kwamba ilikuwa siyo ndui ulaya tulikuwa tunalogwa na mwana Lala.
Wimbo wa ushindi
Mwana Yina nimeuzimisha moto baba nimeuzimisha, ule uliokuwa ukiwaka Seke. Ziliungua nyumba nimeuzimisha umebaki moto mdogo tu akina Kadulyu.
Imebaki mikaa iliyozimika. Mwachanjo na Bubiki walikuwa wanakufa watoto wanasema kwamba ndui inarudi tumboni. Hawakujua kwamba walikuwa wanalogwa. Kumbe ni jiwe la mwana Lala la kupondea dawa, nilishinda Mwana Yina.
ENGLISH: A SONG
There were villages called Mwachanjo, Seke and Bubiki. The people who lived in those villages were dying a lot. They said that smallpox (a disease) was returning to the stomach (they believed they were being bewithed, it was not a disease) was not coming out, it was in the stomach.It caused them to continuously die.
Manju ng’wana Yina (son of Yina) believed that they were being bewitched by Ng’wana Lala, (the daughter of Lala) Kadulyu’s mother. They wondered why smallpox was only found in Bubiki and Mwachanjo (they just asked each other).
Ng’wana Yina started looking for the kille r(Ng’wana Lala). He said let her die (a sorcerer is also bewithed). Ng’wana Yina really killed Ng’wana Lala. Mwachanjo and Bubiki became peaceful.People stopped dying. The son sang a triumphant song to inform them that it was not a lethal giant.It was Ng’wana Lala.
THE VICTORY SONG
Ng’wana Yina I have put out the fire, father, I have put it off, the one that was burning Seke. It burned down the house I had left a small fire at Kadulyu.
It has remained charcoal without fire. Mwachanjo’s and Bubiki’s children were dying.They say that smallpox is going back to the stomach. They did not know that they were being bewitched (as they believed). It is the stone Ng’wana Lala’s for grinding medicine. I conquered Ng’wana Yina.