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Adìyẹ àti Ọ̀ọ̀kùn Chicken and Millipede

Written by Winny Asara

Illustrated by Magriet Brink

Translated by Ṣẹ́gun Ṣóẹ̀tán

Language Yoruba

Level Level 3

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Adìyẹ àti Ọ̀ọ̀kùn jẹ́ ọ̀rẹ́.

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.

Wọ́n lọ gbá bọ́ọ̀lù.

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.

Adìyẹ ní ó múlé.

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.

Ọ̀ọ̀kùn gbá bọ́ọ̀lù wọlé.

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

Inú bí Adìyẹ.

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

Adìyẹ ṣá Ọ̀ọ̀kùn jẹ, ó gbée mì.

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

Adìyẹ padé ìyá Ọ̀ọ̀kùn.

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.

“Ìyá mi, ẹ gbà mi1” Ọ̀ọ̀kùn paríwo.

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.

Ara Adìyẹ kò yá.

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

Ọ̀ọ̀kùn kò dára rára lẹ́nu rẹ́.

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

Adìyẹ bi Ọ̀ọ̀kùn jádé láti ikùn rẹ̀.Ọ̀ọ̀kùn sáré, ó sálọ.

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

Adìyẹ àti Ọ̀ọ̀kùn dí ọ̀tá.

From that time, chickens and millipedes were enemies.

Written by: Winny Asara
Illustrated by: Magriet Brink
Translated by: Ṣẹ́gun Ṣóẹ̀tán
Language: Yoruba
Level: Level 3
Source: Chicken and Millipede from African Storybook
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