He should have listened to his father

Here is the last of a series of three short stories from Daffo dealing with the topic “Disciplining your child”. This time, Mr. Mafulul Lek tells the story of a young man who refused to obey his father and was punished by death.

Ji mbolang a sanggu’ (III)

Si nii, mar mai, damisi a niyis, ta tek puri, ta lang, ta tik la a wur taa lan ti tutok, ta tekis ɗama. Mari nai a niyis, wa’ mor ta mun ti, ta rut kwa, ta wis a rut yis mar ha? Dahi nai a niyis: „Ye, a muna!“ A niyis mor: „A yu ti tutok ti manggul ma awei-awei!“ Mor a jwet puri, yit kyahap.

A mun a kir fi, ɓur mwani ti jikai ka da si mari hai. Dahi a shitis  mari fo, a nii: „Awiin!“ A niyis naf ma ɓur: „Hu tong lef inii, ɓa ta shitai, hu ku hu lef – ɗakwai a halenai shuran, ɗakwai ta pwetis a wur tawe!“ Mari a tos shaat. Si niyis: „Sai shaat ma mahwak mai!“ Si kir damisi a ndik, bakam ti cu! Si tik ti mari ti, mmis a mawal!

Mor a halai ɓur ti cwan ka da si mari, a nii: „I tik a makat mor ma  wa?“ A nggi yish, kyahap a ram mma ndee si gon sis ta ti.

Lul taa tu ti findel sani, yit mai:

  • Vis ma mar sani ndee a mun a fuk, mari ta tekis ɗama taa wur awei, ahun ndee a shitai ɓur a mayes, nai ta nii, ɓa ta rut mari la a wur, ɓa ta bum sis ti hi?
  • Ɗandee dahi a nii, ɓur ti cu mari kwa, ɗandee ta pwetis ha?
  • Ɗandee mor sani a wis kwa, ɗandee ta kat wur ndai, fat findel a laak, ta nii: “Mwaar si kat wur”, kwa ha?

Cooking the pumpkin in one piece (III)

A father is said to have asked his son to ride home from a bush farm to bring him something urgently. The son protested and asked the father why he didn’t send his slave instead. The father replied: “O.k., stay here!” He then ordered the slave to ride home as fast as he could. The slave obediently did as he ordered him.

He had just left, when the father and his son were suddenly surrounded by enemies. The father looked at the son and said: “Here you are!” He asked the warriors to kill him first, so the boy may see it. If he had obeyed him, he would have escaped home. The boy started crying. They said: “It’s no use!” They put his father on the ground and killed him. Next they put down the boy and he, too, had it.

When the slave heard that the father and his son had been killed in a war, he asked himself: “Whose slave am I now?” He gathered his belongings and returned to the country where he had once been bought.

Questions arising from this story:

  • Did the father of the boy really want him to go home to get him something, or did he actually want to save him, because he saw the warriors coming?
  • If the father had not asked the warriors to kill the boy, would he have been spared?
  • If the slave had not returned home, wouldn’t he have confirmed the proverb: “Slaves have become heirs!”?


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