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Short Stories by Amos Emmanuel

In 1994, Mr. Amos Emmanuel, a young man from Daffo, came to me with a notebook of handwritten stories in Ron. I typed them up, but unfortunately I later lost the English translations and I also didn’t tape-record them. Still, I think it will be nice to publish them. So here is a first trial version of the whole collection. Continue reading

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Be happy with what you have got

Here is another story written by Amos Emmanuel Mabur, a young man from Daffo. It is what I call a “moral story”, warning young people to be satisfied with what they have got in life and not strive for more, following bad friends. Sorry, no English translation. Maybe you will find someone who can translate it for you. Continue reading

Shedding crocodile tears

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Daffo 1994: Amos Emmanuel Mabur and me in front of the car I used when I worked for the Frankfurt-Maiduguri Joint Research Project

About a year ago, I have published The woman who stole oil, the first of a set of stories written by Amos Emmanuel Mabur, a young man from Daffo. I came to know Amos in 1994, when I did research in Ron country for the Frankfurt-Maiduguri Joint Research Project. I was then collecting word lists and texts – most of them still unpublished. Amos came by with a notebook of handwritten stories in Ron. I typed them up, but unfortunately I later lost the English translations and I also didn’t tape-record them. Still, I think it will be nice to publish them here. So here is another of Amos’s stories: Continue reading

Don’t spend all you have for yourself

The following story from Daffo was recorded by Mr. Mafulul Lek in 1992. It warns people not to spend all they have just for themselves, but to think of the generations that follow them. In the time of global climate change and exploitation of natural resources, we should listen carefully. Continue reading

Truth and lie don’t live together

Earning your living by honest work is much harder than being what is called a “419er” in Nigeria and cheating yourself  through life. This is what is shown in the following story by Mr. Lek from Daffo. It also talks about some rituals which were performed in ancient Ron culture to separate from one another. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

How the children of Daress were left behind

Here is the second of a series of three short stories in the Daffo dialect of Ron dealing with the topic “Disciplining your child”. The author, Mr. Mafulul Lek, uses the example of the legendary Cen a Daress, who is said to have left his children behind because they came too late for an appointed meaning. Continue reading