125. NG’OMBE NI NDOGU

Collected by: Don Sybertz, with special thanks to Rev Joe Healey  (African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories)

Ng’ombe ni ndogu b’ab’a nimukujilyaga wangu wagu. Aliki iti masangu, iti malimbe mukujulaga mumamigunda ng’ulya ng’uzezuka mutambujaga nene nalinahangaika.

 Akagaya nke wane naling’habi, naduka nalilija ng’wano. Ni nani agunisula. Pye ni ng’wa guku yaliyapunguka, pye ni ng’wa b’ab’a yali yapunguka, na usaga majula kihamo na Bamboyi na Mangashini abha ng’witina lyane.

Alab’angi bhulema, dugufujiwa tubuli, tung’wi twa walwa twenuto, tuyongayonga, tutajib’ejaga ikaya. Nakipanda chanda ng’wana Jisusi nugudima umpini gwane, nujiyola ing’ombe.

Alishiku iji bhalinigisha shikamo. Shikamo iti bhulongo. Shikamo umu jisukuma, wangaluka b’ab’a nsabi wa ng’ombe na ng’holo, Malewa.

KISWAHILI: NG’OMBE WANGEKUWA NI RAHISI

Ng’ombe wangekuwa ni rahisi Baba mngekuwa munawala haraka haraka. Lakini kwa vile siyo makande, siyo matango munabeba kwenye mashamba mnakula mnatosheka. Mnaongea mimi nahangaika.

Mke wangu alikufa nikiwa maskini. Nilibaki likipiga yowe. Ni nani atanichungulia! Yote hata salamu ya mwababu ilipungua. Yote hata mwababa ilipungua. Wakabaki akina Majula pamoja na Bamboyi na Mangashini wa kwenye shina langu.

Wengine walikataa wakisema, tutachoshwa na vimbuzi vinywaji vya pombe, hivyo vitembeaji. Hawazitengenezi familia.

Nilijitutumua Ng’wana Jisusi, nikaushika mpini wangu nikawachota ng’ombe.

Siku hizi wananisalimia kwa heshima, shikamoo, sio uongo. Shikamoo kwa kisukuma, “ng’wanguluka b’ab’a nsabhi o ng’ombe na ng’holo, Malewa(Habari za asubuhi baba tajiri wa ng’ombe na kondoo, Malewa.)

cattle-

 

ENGLISH: IF CATTLE WERE CHEAP!

If only the cattle would be cheap. But since they are neither makande (maize grain food), nor cucumbers in the fields that you eat to sactifaction, you are talking while I suffer.

My wife died when I was poor. I remained crying soundly. Who will look at me! All even the greeting of mwababu (from brothers and sisters) declined. All, even greetings of the father decreased. It is only Majula with Bamboyi and Mangashini of my lineage who remained.

Others refused to greet me claiming, “We will be tired of the goats that drink alcoholf alcoholic, those which loiter. They do not build families.

I did my best Ng’wana Jisusi, and held my hand and pulled the cattle.

Now they greet me with respect, shikamoo (greeting of great respect). I am telling the truth. In Sukuma, they say, “Shikamoo.”They say, Good morning the father of cattle and sheep, Malewa.”

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