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Chicken and Millipede
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Kuwui-a dǝngaɍi-a sawa. Kulum
kǝlaruinin kasarga. Yim laa niya bol
baktuye ngojane, kam kamnjua
nodun kojǝnadǝa roro.
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.
Bol baktarambo lejane bikke
badiyera. Kuwui doi, amma dangaɍi
tia nan doinin kojǝna. Kuwui boldǝa
kuruwuro bakciyi, dangaɍi tiye maa
kojǝnaro kuruwuro bakciyi. Kuwui
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.
Penalti baktu badiyera. Burwon
dangaɍi tima bol rodama wo. Kuwui
bi fal ndok cakko. Koro kuwui bol
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.
Dangaɍi bakkenniya bi kekko. Walde
bakkenniya koro kekko. Adǝgainin bi
uwu kalkal cakko. Kuwui tia jawuna
dǝro fum gǝrgayen.
Millipede kicked the ball and scored.
Millipede dribbled the ball and scored. Millipede headed the ball and scored. Millipede scored five goals.
Wada bikkeye nojǝnni. Dǝngaɍi
kaasu cǝdi sawanju jallattidǝro.
Chicken was furious that she lost. She was a very bad loser. Millipede started laughing because his friend was making such a fuss.
Kuwui karwukuttaro, dǝngaɍia
cǝdane sǝdǝk kindo.
Chicken was so angry that she opened her beak wide and swallowed the millipede.
Kuwui fadoro lejǝdǝ jawlnin ya
dǝngaɍiyea kattadǝra. Yanju
dǝngaɍiye nda tadanjuro tia kiworo.
Kuwui tiro nuktuwu wayeno. Ya
dǝngaɍiye ronju wayen.
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.
Yanju dǝngaɍiye kowo samsu laa
fangeno. «Banansǝgǝne ya!» yeno
kowodǝ. Yadǝ kowodǝa
kǝrǝnngenniya, memeyen. Kowodǝ
curo kuwuiyen isi.
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.
Ya dǝngaɍiye burwu kekko:
«Dawarinǝm laan faidadǝne
tadani.» Dǝngaɍisodǝ rakcane curo
kamben kinajai ye banna cadi ye.
Kuwui lolodu badiyen; tiyinju samdu
Mother Millipede shouted, “Use your special power my child!” Millipedes can make a bad smell and a terrible taste. Chicken began to feel ill.
Kuwui ngaryenniya tuwayen.
Warashsha kidǝnniya, kasaauyeno.
Dǝngaɍi curonjuyedǝ kinaji.
Chicken burped. Then she swallowed and spat. Then she sneezed and coughed. And coughed. The millipede was disgusting!
Kuwui jusse dǝngaɍia kittuluwo.
Dǝngaɍi-a yanju-a guwurjane ngawo
kǝska laayen gǝrgaada.
Chicken coughed until she coughed out the millipede that was in her stomach. Mother Millipede and her child crawled up a tree to hide.
Tǝn yimdǝn kuwui-a dǝngaɍi-a
From that time, chickens and millipedes were enemies.
Written by: Winny Asara
Illustrated by: Magriet Brink