How tortoise and goat stopped being friends

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Here is another short  animal tale dealing with the tortoise in the Bokkos variety of Ron. It was written by Pastor Joseph M. Nggyak in 1998 during a workshop at Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT) in Jos. Usually, the tortoise is wiser than the other animals. In this story, the goat shows that it can be smart, too.

Findel i kurunggwa hu shiken  

Ai hwer kurunggwa hu shiken sin ti myatat. Saa ti myatat ames si lak ti nyai na ɗeng ames cu wufer ta kel i niin mwesi kan lulus myan ima yis cwai ti cwa kwa. Hwem lang ta ashwai hai, shiken ti tyoot wa’ cwa. Ti wa kel i kurunggwa, ti lul nyai: “A cam, ahun shi ti kambong niin na ya? Hof shi na, i ɗi fe ameni ka si ndok si mwaat ti hwem.” Kurunggwa ti ro al amet ɓi u yes ti kambong niin, u fa camsut shiken. Ali yes ti kambongi fa shiken. Shiken ta mat kambongi ti wa ti wur, ti ɗi fe ameti. Yit hu fe amet si cu cwa ndyalam mweni.

Mwen niin ta sa ti mukonan ima hwem lang ta kurunggwa ti yes wur i shiken lul ti kambong amet. Myan ima ti kat ndyong i muru, fe i shiken si ɗingut, si wa ti tital, si lak nasus. Shiken ti masi kang, ti suɓut fe amet ta fo i mahom, si lang here’ ti fwai fwai ames. Myan ima kurunggwa ti ru, ti wisus sin here’ ti fwai ames. Ti lak shiken, ti ni: “A cam, i yes ɓi i lul kambong amen. I ɗingi hu yu cwai ti cwa, ii wa wur ɗak i yes ɗakan.”

Kurunggwa ti wa sa apil i hai, ti wyasus sin hyere’ ti fwai. Myan ima kurunggwa wa ma ɓaras wis shiken sin here’ ti fo hu fe amet unai te mangra shok na fo yis ɗing ti ɗama i lum na fo. Unai nyut: “Waa’! A shiken. I ni ahon ɗufal si layush ii shiken-o? Shi maas atini, shi ti shingati ka’ sun ya?” A mweni myatat ames mbitus.

The story of tortoise and goat

In the olden days, Tortoise and Goat used to be friends. In their friendship they agreed that whenever one of them had borrowed something, the other shouldn’t ask it back while he was eating food. When a famine came to the town, the goat had no more food. She went to Tortoise and asked, “Friend, do you have a cocoyam here? Lend it to me, so I may cook for my children, so they don’t die. Tortoise sent her child to get a cocoyam for her friend goat. The child came with the cocoyam and gave it to the goat. Goat received the cocoyam, took it home and cooked it for her children. She and her children ate nice food that day.

One day during the time of famine, Tortoise came to Goat’s house to ask for her cocoyam. When she was about to arrive, Goat’s children saw her. They quickly went to their mother and told her. Goat quickly gathered her children at the door of the room and they started chewing their mouths. When Tortoise arrived, she saw them chewing their mouths. She told Goat, “Friend, I came to ask for my cocoyam, but I see you are just eating food, so I will go home and come back later.”

Tortoise went there two more times, but each time she saw that they were chewing their mouths. When Tortoise came the fourth time she found Goat and her children still chewing. To her astonishment she saw that their mouths were empty. She said to her: “Oh no, Goat! I thought people called you goat. How did you get so clever to keep me away?” That day their friendship ended.

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