Collected by: Don Sybertz, Scanned by: Cephas Yao Agbemenu
With special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African proverbs,Sayings and stories)
Waliho namhala walina bhana bhadatu bhagosha bhike. Lushiku lumo abhayanda bhuja gwipolu, unyanda undo bhalibhadantogagwa abhakuluye. Bhushika ung’wipolu bhuntunga halinti abhakuluye bhunyamka kaya.
Bhuneka guko unzuna wabo. Yagashika mhindi ingoye ijo agatungilwa juma, unyanda ujitina.
Walala mumo ng’wipolu bhogela lyabhiza isana nyanda ulibhona iyoka liduma gete, aliyo liliteng’wa Inanda, nyanda ubhona jisa, usola mawe uliluta ilinanda nzoka yupila.
Nzoka igalumba yung’wila unyanda linhaga aha ngongo gone duje uko duzengile ugamane. Nyanda ulinha ha ngongo gwa Nzoka bhuja mpaga uko izengile inzoka. Nyanda usanga mayoka mingi gete, ‘Nzoka yubhawila abhichayo giki, “Nyanda uyu wanigunanaga, nandaguliwa na Nanda. Huguhaya dung’winhagi manong’ho.”
Nzoka pye ijose juzunya, haho na haho bhuli nzoka yuja mung’obho goyo na gufuma ilina manong’ho. Inzoka iyo agigunana yung’winha mhigi (ng’hilizi), nyanda uwilwa, “Ulu ulashike ha weja ugwilomba imhigi (ing’hilizi) ijo ulitogwa.”
Nyanda ushiminza ushika haweja wigasha uilomba imhigi (ihilizi) yung’winha manumba ga simenti mingi, yung’winha nkima, yung’winha bhanhu bhingi no, yung’winha sabho na ng’ombe ningi gete, ubhiza na kaya nhale.
Lushiku lumo ubheja lugendo uja kubhabyaji bhakwe ushika unsanga Ise nu Nina bhalihoya hakaya.
Bhabyaji bhagansung’wanha na bhuyegi bhutale. Bhagamuja waliwaja he ng’wana wise.” Nyanda ubhawila, “Nali natungilwa halinti na bhakulu bhane.” Bhabyaji bha nyanda bhagapinihala gete ikanza idoo unyanda wandya gufunya hela nyingi ja manoti, ise na nina bhumuja, “Alihela ningi giki ugafunya hali?” Nang’hwe ubhawila, “Unene nasabha no.”
Ubhinha Ise na Nina hela hanuma ubhabhuja ala abhakulu bhane bhaja hali? Bhung’wila bhagwiza duhu bhajaga kujuyela. Ikanza ido abhakuluye bhiza bhunsanga unzuna wabho alihoyi wizaga.
Ng’holo jabho bhogoha no nguno bhalibhamanile giki nzuna wabho wachila ng’wipolu, uko bhagantungila.
Nyanda agabhayegela no abhakuluye, ubhawila, “Duliho bhakulu bhane.” Agabhinha makono bhigisha na bhuyegi bhutale. Aliyo abhakuluye mnomo bhazongile. Imhindi hakikome ubhawila Ise na Nina kihamo na bhakuluye giki, “Dusamagi duje uko nazengile unene.”
Mungu akazidi kumpa baraka akawa na familia kubwa katika maisha yake na utajiri ukaongezeka maradufu.
Kiswahili: Mzee Na Watoto Watatu
Alikuwepo mzee aliyekuwa na watoto watatu wanaume wote. Siku moja Vijana hawa walienda porini. Kijana mdogo alikuwa hapendwi na kaka zake. Walipofika porini wakamfunga mdogo wao kwenye mti, kaka zake wakarudi nyumbani.
Walimuacha huko mdogo wao. Ilipofika jioni kamba zile alizofungwa zilikauka kijana akazikata.
Alilala humo porini. Kulipokucha kajua ka asubuhi kakaoneka, kijana akaona Joka kubwa kabisa. Lakini lilikuwa linakatwa na ndege mkubwa aina ya tai. Kijana aliona huruma. Akachukua mawe akampiga ndege yule, nyoka akapona.
Joka lile lilishukuru likamwambia kijana apande mgongoni mwa Joka waende kule linakoishi akapafahamu. Kijana alipanda mgongoni mwa Joka lile.
Wakaenda mpaka kule linakoishi lile Joka. Kijana alikuta majoka mengi kabisa. Lile Joka likawaambia wenzake hivi, “Kijana huyu amenisaidia, kidogo niliwe na ndege aina ya tai. Ndiyo kusema, tumpeni zawadi.”
Nyoka wote wakakubali. Hapo hapo kila nyoka akaenda kwenye shimo lake akatoka na zawadi. Joka lile alilolisaidia likampa hirizi, likamwambia kijana, “Ukifika sehemu iliyowazi, utaiomba hirizi kile unachopenda.”
Kijana akatembea akafika mahali peupe akakaa akaiomba ile hirizi, ikampa majumba mengi yaliyojengwa kwa matofali ya sumenti, ikampa mwanamke, watu wengi mno, mali na ng’ombe wengi kabisa. Akawa na familia kubwa.
Siku moja alifunga safari kwenda kwa wazazi wake, akafika na kuwakuta Baba na Mama wakiongea pale nyumbani.
Wazazi walimpokea kwa furaha kubwa sana. Wakamuuliza, “Ulikuwa umeenda wapi mtoto wetu?” Kijana akawaambia, “Nilikuwa nimefungwa kwenye mti na kaka zangu.”
Wazazi wa kijana walihudhunika kabisa, kwa muda mfupi kijana akaanza kutoa pesa nyingi za noti, Baba na Mama wakamuuliza, “Hela nyingi hivi umezipata wapi?” Naye akawaambia, “Mimi nimetajirika mno.”
Akawapa Baba na Mama hela baadaye akawauliza, “Kaka zangu wameenda wapi?” Wakamwambia, watakuja tu wameenda kutembea. Baada ya muda mfupi, kaka zake wakaja wakamkuta mdogo wao yupo amekuja.
Waliogopa sana mioyoni mwao kwa sababu walikuwa wanafahamu kwamba, mdogo wao alishakufa porini, kule walikomfunga.
Kijana akawachangamkia sana kaka zake, akawaambia, “Tupo kaka zangu.” Akawapa mkono kwa maana ya kuwashika mkono kwa furaha kubwa.
Lakini kaka zake wakawa midomo wazi huku wakihudhunika. Jioni kwenye sehemu ya kuongea wakiota moto, akawaambia Baba na Mama waende kule anakoishi. Akawa na familia kubwa katika maisha yake na utajiri wake ukaongezeka maradufu.
English: An Elder And Three Children
ENGLISH: THE OLD MAN AND HIS THREE CHILDREN
There was an old man with three sons. One day, these young people went into the wilderness. The little boy was not loved by his brothers. When they arrived in the bush, they tied their little one on the tree.His brothers went back home, leaving their younger brother behind.
When it was evening, the cords which they used to tie him were dry and loose and the boy cut them off.
He spent the night in the bush. As soon as the morning came, the boy saw a very big dragon. But it was being pecked by a huge eagle. The young man felt compassion. He took stones and hit the bird, and the serpent was saved.
The dragon thanked the young man, and told him to go on board onto its back so that it could take him to where it lived. The boy went on board onto the back of the dragon.
They went up to where the dragon lived. There the boy could see quite a lot of dragons. The Then dragon that had been saved from danger told its colleagues, “This young man has saved me. I could be eaten by an eagle. Because of that, let us give him gifts. ”
All the serpents agreed. Then, each snake went to its hole and came out with a gift. The dragon that had been saved by the young man gave him the charms and told the young man, “When you get to the right place, you will ask from the charm whatever you like.”
The young man walked up to an open place and sat down and asked the amulets to give him a lot of houses built from cement blocks, a wife, many people, many possessions and cattle. Then he got blessed witha very big family.
One day, he went to visit his parents. When he got there, he found his father and mother conversing at home.
The parents received him with great joy. They asked him, “Where did you go our son?” The boy said to them, “I was tied to a tree with my brothers.”
The boy’s parents were so sad, and soon the boy began to give his parents a lot of money.As he did that his father and mother asked him, “Where did you get so much money?” He said to them, “I am very rich nowadays.”
Later, he asked, “Where have my brothers gone?” The parents told him, they had gone to roam about. After a while, his brothers came and found him at home.
They were very frightened in their hearts because they though that their younger brother had died in the wilderness where they had tied him.
The boy was very happy with his brothers, and said, “I am glad we are together here my brothers.” He gave them a hand and expressed great joy.
But his brothers were very surprised and regretted for what they had done. In the evening, when they were sitting around the fire, the younger asked his father and mother to go with him where he lived. As life went by his wealth doubled.