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Gortogal e kaakatal Chicken and Millipede

Written by Winny Asara

Illustrated by Magriet Brink

Translated by Plan Niger - Projet NECS - Usaid

Language Fula

Level Level 3

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Gortogal e kaakatal no kigondirnoo. Ammaa abadaa ɓe ngaabondiran non. Nyannde gooɗom, ɓe ngaɗi fijo piiɗe baaluure faa ɓe ndaara moye ɓuri.

Chicken and Millipede were friends. But they were always competing with each other. One day they decided to play football to see who the best player was.

Ɓe njehi dow weeyo fijo baaluure, ɓe puɗɗi iɓe pija. Gortal ngal no yaawi ammaa kaakatal ngal ɓuri yaawude. Gortogal ngal lati baaluure nden faa to foɗɗi, ammaa kaakatal ngal ɓuri woɗɗinde baaluure nden. Gortogal fuɗɗi ɓalinaango.

They went to the football field and started their game. Chicken was fast, but Millipede was faster. Chicken kicked far, but Millipede kicked further. Chicken started to feel grumpy.

Ɓe adi anniya faa piya penaltiiji. Fuɗɗari fuu kaakatal woni jaɓɓotooɗo nannga baaluure. Nden gortogal duu laatii joɓɓotooɗo baaluure.

They decided to play a penalty shoot-out. First Millipede was goal keeper. Chicken scored only one goal. Then it was the chicken’s turn to defend the goal.

Kaakatal fiyi baaluure say watti bii. Kaakatal ruuttini baaluure nden watti bii. Kaakatal fiyiri baaluure nden say watti bii. Kaakatal watti biyiiji joy.

Millipede kicked the ball and scored. Millipede dribbled the ball and scored. Millipede headed the ball and scored. Millipede scored five goals.

Gortogal bonitii ngam ngal waɗaay wune. Ngal bonungal Fijideede. Kaakatal naati no jala ngam yigiiko waɗiiɗum gacce sanne.

Chicken was furious that she lost. She was a very bad loser. Millipede started laughing because his friend was making such a fuss.

Gortogal bontake sanne, faa to ngal aari hunnduko yahjuko gom nden ngal moɗi kaakatal ngal.

Chicken was so angry that she opened her beak wide and swallowed the millipede.

Wakkati gortogal ngal wonunoo no warta wuro, ngal fotti e inna kaakatal. Inna kaakatal ƴami, “A yi’anii kam ɓiyam naa?” Gortogal ngal nootaaki. Joote naati inna kaakatal.

As Chicken was walking home, she met Mother Millipede. Mother Millipede asked, “Have you seen my child?” Chicken didn’t say anything. Mother Millipede was worried.

Nden inna kaakatal nani sawto daangel pamarel gooɗom. Sawto daande nden wi’i: “Faaban inna!” Inna kaakatal ƴeewi fiilaade muuɗum nden hettinii faa wooɗi. Sawto ngon ƴuwataanaa nder gortogal.

Then Mother Millipede heard a tiny voice. “Help me mom!” cried the voice. Mother Millipede looked around and listened carefully. The voice came from inside the chicken.

Nden inna kaakatal nani sawto daangel pamarel gooɗom. Sawto daande nden wi’i: “Faaban inna!” Inna kaakatal ƴeewi fiilaade muuɗum nden hettinii faa wooɗi. Sawto ngon ƴuwataanaa nder gortogal.

Mother Millipede shouted, “Use your special power my child!” Millipedes can make a bad smell and a terrible taste. Chicken began to feel ill.

Gortogal gaati. Nden ngal looƴii ngal tuuti. Ngal ɗiili e ɗojji. Ngal ɗojji kaden. Kaakatal ngal nyaaminaaki!

Chicken burped. Then she swallowed and spat. Then she sneezed and coughed. And coughed. The millipede was disgusting!

Gortogal ngal jogii no ɗojja faa to ngal tuuti kaakatol ngal tawanoongal nder reedu maggal. Inna kaakatal e ɓiyiiɗum meri faa njottowi lekki gooɗom keɓi cuuɗii.

Chicken coughed until she coughed out the millipede that was in her stomach. Mother Millipede and her child crawled up a tree to hide.

Gilla wakkati oon ɗon, gortooɗe e kaakate laatondiri wayɓe.

From that time, chickens and millipedes were enemies.

Written by: Winny Asara
Illustrated by: Magriet Brink
Translated by: Plan Niger - Projet NECS - Usaid
Language: Fula
Level: Level 3
Source: Chicken and Millipede from African Storybook
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