Collected by: Don Sybertz, Scanned by: Cephas Yao Agbemenu
With special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African proverbs,Sayings and stories)
Waliho nkima uyo walina ng’wana umo. Lushiku lumo ng’wana ng’wenuyo akamisha nsati. Nina akanaja ng’wana mu kaya, uja kujukobha bhugota halinzenganwa.
Guko atali kwinhwa bhugota, wahayimanila ubhona numba yakwe ilibhaka moto. Nkima ng’wenuyo upela wangu wangu kuja ko. Aho washika wingila mu kaya na kunsomba ng’wana wakwe. Umandila ha shikubha atizupya moto. Aliyo unina upya pye umili, wita malonda kufumila ku magulu kushika kuntwe.
Aho wapila usaga na malanda mili pye. Ihanga lyakwe lyubhipa no. Ng’wana ng’wenuyo witanagwa Bahati. Aho wakula uyuja kujigusha na bhana bhiye, bhalinseka na bhaling’wila giki, “Limayu lyako libhi no, lilini hanga litilyawiza. Utubhonaga bhamayu bhise umo bhali bhusheku.
Bahati aho wawilwa chene, wandya kundalaha unina. Lushigu lumo akamuja unina, “Iki bhuli mayu uti ni hanga lya wiza? Bhuli mili gwako guli na malanda pye? Kufumila kuntwe kushika kumagulu?” Nina akansombolela umo yali, “Ng’wana wane aho utali ndo, numba ikapya moto. Nu bhebhe walulalile mumo, nakingila mukaya kukusola nukubhandila ha shikubha utizupya moto. Hi chene ulinibhona nalina malanda pye umili. Iki bhebhe nakutogilwe.”
Bahati aho wigwa giko akayegano, akamana giki, mayu wane wa ng’hana. Uyubhawila na bhiye, “Lolagi mayu umo anitogelilwe, abhakilile na bhamayu bhing’we.” Kufumila lushiku lwene, walatalekaga kunumbilija nina. Na akanela chiza no umu bhugikulu wakwe.
Alikuwepo mama mmoja, aliyekuwa na mtoto mmoja. Siku moja mtoto huyo aliamka mgonjwa. Mama alimlaza mtoto ndani ya nyumba. Alikwenda kutafuta dawa kwa jirani, kabla hajapewa dawa alishitukia akaona nyumba yake inawaka moto. Mwanamke huyo akakimbia haraka haraka kwenda huko. Alipofika akaingia ndani na kumchukua mtoto wake. Alimkumbatia kifuani ili asiungue na moto.
Lakini mama yake aliungua mwili wote, alipata madonda kutoka miguuni hadi kichwani. Alipopona akabaki na makovu mwili wote. Sura yake ikaharibika mno. mtoto huyo alikuwa anaitwa Bahati. Alipokua alikuwa anakwenda kucheza na watoto wenzake. Huku wakimcheka na kumwambia kwamba, “Mama yako ni mbaya mno, ana sura isiyo nzuri, huwaoni mama zetu walivyo laini.” Bahati alivyoambiwa hivyo, akaanza kumdharau mama yake.
Siku moja akamwuliza mama yake, “Kwa nini mama huna sura nzuri?, Kwa nini mwili wako una makovu wote? Kutoka kichwani hadi miguuni?” Mama yake alimweleza jinsi ilivyokuwa. “Mtoto wangu ulipokuwa bado mdogo, nyumba iliungua moto, na wewe ulikuwa umelala humo. Niliingia ndani nikakuchukua nikakukumbatia kifuani. Ndivyo unavyoniona kuwa nina makovu mwili wote. Kwa kuwa wewe ninakupenda mno.”
Bahati aliposikia hivyo alifurahi mno akajua hivi, Mama yangu ni wa kweli akawa anawaambia na wenzake, “Angalieni Mama anavyonipenda, anawazidi hata mama zenu.” Tokea siku hiyo alikuwa haachi kumshukuru mama yake. Na alimlea vizuri mno katika uzee wake.
ENGLISH: BAHATI’S STORY
There was one woman who had one child. One day, the child woke up sick. The mother laid her on the bed inside the house. Then she went to her neighbour’s house to ask for a medicine. Before the woman was given the medicine, she saw her house burning.
She hurriedly returned home. When she arrived there, she went inside and took out her baby. She put her in her bosom so that she couldn’t get burnt.
But various parts of the woman’s body got burnt. After the wounds had healed, she had scars all over her body. Her face had been badly damaged.
The child was given the name Bahati. As Bahati was growing up, she used to play with her fellow children. Her friends laughed at her and often said to her, “Your mother is so ugly, she has bad skin, but each of our mothers has smooth skin.” As a result, she began looking down upon her mother.
One day, she asked, “Mother, why don’t you have beautiful skin? Why are there many scars on your body?” Her mother said to her, “When you were still young, the house went up in flames and you were inside, sleeping,” she said. “I went into it and carried you in my chest. Various parts of my body got burnt. That is the source of all the scars you see on my body. I did it because I love you very much.”
After hearing the story, Bahati became very happy. One day, as she was playing with her friends, she said to them, “My mother loves me very much. She loves me more than your mothers do you.” And she took good care of her mother in her old age.