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Friends Forever

An Akan Story by Farida Salifu


There once lived a mouse and frog who were very good friends. Every morning the frog would go to visit the mouse who lived in a hole inside a tree.  The mouse very much enjoyed the company of the frog, but the mouse did not realise that the frog was growing increasingly frustrated because it was always him who had to visit the mouse and never the other way around. The lazy little mouse did not know it at the time, but he was slowly making an enemy of his good friend, the frog. 

One afternoon, when it was time to return home, the frog decided that he had had enough of this one-sided friendship. And so the frog tied one end of a piece of string to his leg, and then tied the other end of the piece of string to the little mouse’s tail without him noticing.

 

The frog waved goodbye to the mouse and then dived into the pond at the foot of the tree far below. All at once, completely to his surprise, the string pulled tight on the mouse’s tail and he was dragged from the safety of his tree and sent tumbling into the air towards the pond below. Splash!

The poor little mouse could not swim, and as much as he struggled and struggled to free his tail, he could not untie the piece of string. After much splashing and struggling, the poor mouse finally drowned in the pond.

‘That will teach you to make a fool out of me, you lazy mouse,’ thought the frog.

But this misdeed did not go unnoticed: high up in the sky, a hawk spotted the little mouse floating in the water below. And so the hungry hawk swooped down towards the pond to grab the little mouse for its dinner. It was only when the hawk grasped a hold of the mouse with its sharp talons that the frog remembered he was still tied to the mouse by the piece of string. Up, up into the sky went the frog, until the hawk came to rest in the tallest branch of a nearby tree. It was then that the frog realised the error of his ways. In setting a trap for his friend, the frog had also set a trap for himself and sealed his own fate. And now he too would be eaten by the hawk because of his wicked plan.

 There is an old African proverb that goes... ‘Do not dig too deep a pit for your enemy because you may fall into it yourself.’

Friends Forever
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Friends Forever

An Akan Story by Farida Salifu


Nna kura ne atwɛr bi te a wɔyɛ adamfo papaapa. Anapa biara, atwɛr no bɛkɔ akɔsra okura no wɔ ne fie a nna ɛwɔ dua bi mu. Nna okura no eni gye ara yie sɛ atwɛr no ba bɛsra no a, naaso okura anndwen ho ennhu sɛ ɛnnyɛ atwɛr no dɛw efiri sɛ abere biara no atwɛr no na ɔkɔsra kura no. Kura no mmba mmbɛsra atwɛr no da. Nna kura enihawni no nnim dɛm abere no, naaso nna nkakra nkakra ɔredan ne ho atamfo ama ne adamfo kura no. 

Ewiabere bi a nna bere aso sɛ ɔbɛkɔ fie no, atwɛr no yɛɛ n'adwen sɛ ne bo afon saa nyɛnkofa-fa yi. Ɛno nti atwɛr no kyekyeree ahoma n'ano baako de bɔɔ ne na, na ɔkyekyeree ano baako so de bɔɔ kura no ne dua wɔ bere a kura no ennhu hwee.

                         

Atwɛr no yɛɛ kura no bae-bae na otuu tɔɔ ne pɔnd mu wɔ kura no ne dua ne ase famu. Hɔ ara, wɔ abere a n'eni nnda, ahoma a esuo kura no ne dua no mu twee no firii ne dua-dan no mu kɔ wi mu de no bɛhwee pɔnd ne mu. Tuuuhye!

Nna kura no nnim sɛnea wɔ boro nsu nti, ɔyɛɛ nea ɔbɛtumi biara naaso wɔenntumi ennsane ahoma no. Kura no meen nsu ara yie wɔ bere a ɔpɛsɛ ɔgye ne ho naaso ekyiri no owui wɔ pɔnd ne mu.

Atwɛr no kaa wɔ ne adwen mu sɛ, ‘Yi bɛkyrɛ wo nyansa, kura enihawni.’

Naaso ammba no sɛ obiara ennhu dɛm bɔne yi: wɔ wimu soro soro, akroma bi hunuu sɛ kura bi da nsu no eni wɔ ase hɔ. Nti akroma a kɔm de no no tu baa famu bɛtwee kura no sɛ ɔrekɔwe no. Akroma no suoo kura no mu wiei ansaana   atwɛr no rekae sɛ ahoma no a ɔde kyekyeree ɔno ara ne kura no wɔn nan bɔ mu da ho ara kyekyere wɔn bɔ mu. Atwɛr no kɔr soro soro kɔpem bere a akrɔma no bɛsii dutan tenten bi paa so. Hɔ no na atwɛr no hunuu sɛ ɔedi bɔne. Ɔ resi efiri ato hɔ ama ne adamfo no, nna ɔresi efiri ato hɔ ama noara ne ho so. Nti seisei ara no, akrɔma no so bɛwe no efiri noara ne nhyehyɛe bɔne.

 Abibifo awensɛm bi wɔ hɔ a wɔka no sɛ... ‘Mma nntu mona a mu dɔ pii mma wo atamfo, efiri sɛ woara ankasa bɛtumi atɔ mu.'

 

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