Book suggestion from another Anon (seriously man tell me who you are to give you credit)
On the continent of Uhuru, in the grasslands of the Sesu, Inkosi Dingane is granted his wish. His Great Wife Shani bears him a son, an heir to his growing empire. But the ancestors have plans of their own. Shani bears him twin boys, meji, an abomination among the Sesu, but a blessing to Shani’s people, the Mawena.
Thus begins the story of two brothers destined to transform their world. One brother, Ndoro, fights for his place among the Sesu, hoping to shed the stigma of abomination. The other, Obaseki, grows to a man among the people of his mother, struggling with a gift that alienates him from his family and eventually leads to his exile. Both brothers set out to find his destiny, traveling through teeming savannah, mysterious forests, haunted ocean cliffs and infernal deserts, fulfilling a prophecy that would change them and their world forever.
Ndoro and Obaseki, twin brothers of royal birth, now find themselves on different paths towards the same destiny. Ndoro, driven by revenge, forges his adopted people, the Diaka, into the greatest weapon Uhuru has ever known. Obaseki begins a sojourn that takes him to the land of his mysterious spirit horn. Moyo, the pieces of his puzzling power falling into place with each step. As each brothers’ power grows their paths become clear. Meji Book Two continues where Meji Book One ends, following the brothers through adulthood. Each amazing adventure reveals more of the wonderful world that is Uhuru. In Meji Book Two, Two will become One.
If you ever have time, will you check out a book entitled, “The Deadly Quest for Faith?” It’s an epic fantasy novel about a black girl’s quest to destroy evil. It is a series (The Girl of Good and Evil) that will cover african mythology and can be found as an ebook on both amazon and barnes and noble websites. Thank you for your time.
The Water Bird
A water-bird once, in search of food, swallowed the King of the crabs, and the whole tribe of crabs were so enraged that they swore they would have their revenge.
‘We will find this horrible bird,’ they declared, ‘and nip off its legs. We shall not fail to find it, for its legs are bright pink in colour and its feathers are pink and white.’
But the water-rat overheard the crabs plotting and hastened to tell the water-bird.
‘Oh! Oh!’ cried the water-bird. ‘They will nip off my beautiful pink legs, and then waht will become of me? Whatever can I do?’
‘It is very simple,’ replied the water-rat. ‘If you stand on one leg, they will think you are some other creature.’
The bird thanked him and tucked up one leg. When the crabs came, they saw, as they thought, a very tall pink bird with one leg and a large beak.
‘Our enemy has two legs,’ they said. ‘This cannot be he.’ And they passed away.
Anonymous said: hausa version of the story
Can you be more specific please
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Ayida-Weddo, also known as Aida Wedo or Aido Quedo or Rainbow Serpent is the Vodou goddess of sweet waters, serpents, fertility and rainbows. She is represented by the rainbow python.
Ayida-Weddo is a benevolent and sweet goddess, she is worshiped in parts of the Caribbean and in Benin. She represents continuity, strength, integration and wholeness.
Ayida-Weddo rules over fire, water, wind and the rainbow. She is also associated with wisdom. She protects creation.
Ayida-Weddo is the wife, or feminine aspect of Damballa-Wedo, the Sky God. Together, they both represent the principles of birth and creation.
Dhegdheer, also known as Lady Dhegdheer is a very famous character in Somali oral history. Her name, Dhegdheer means ‘the one with the long ear’. She had long ears that enhance her hearing enabling her to hear sounds from far away. When Dhegdheer sleeps, she folds her long ears.
Dhegdheer is known to eat children who move about at night.
Bayajida is the legendary hero of Hausa tradition said to be the son of the king of Baghdad. According to tradition, Bayajida left Baghdad and wandered about till he reached the Kanem-Bornu empire, in Northern Nigeria. In Kanem-Bornu, he found favour with the ruling king and married the king’s daughter, Magira. However as Bayajida’s fame, power and wealth grew his father-in-law became jealous and decided to kill him. Upon learning of this, Bayajida and Magira fled Kanem-Bornu and settled in Hadeija where he left Magira and continued travelling. Bayajida then reached another town where talented blacksmiths forged a sword for him.
With his newly forged sword, Bayajida travelled to the town of Daura which was ruled by a Queen called Daurama. There, an elderly woman agreed to let him stay in her house however when Bayajida requested a drink of water, the woman told him that there was none. She explained that the town had just one well, in which a great snake called Sarki lived. The snake was evil and only let villagers take water from the well on certain days.
Bayajida decided to confront the snake so he went to the well, and managed to kill the snake with his sword. Bayajida cut off the snake’s head and left its body by the well. He then drew some water from the well and returned to the elderly woman’s house with the snake’s head in his sack.
News spread quickly of the snake’s death, when it Queen Daurama she declared that she would give half her land to whoever killed the snake. Several people came forth claiming that they had killed the snake, but no one was able to produce its head. Finally, the woman had hosted Bayajida came forward and told Queen Daurama about her unusual guest. The Queen summoned Bayajida, in the Queen’s presence he revealed that he was the person behind the snake’s death by showing her the snake’s head.
When Queen Daurama offered Bayajida half her land, he refused and instead asked the Queen to marry him. She accepted, and they lived a long, happy life together. Their son, Bawo, ruled Daura after their death while Bawo’s six sons became the founders and rulers of six of the seven Hausa states. The son of Bayajida by his first wife, Magira, founded and ruled the seventh Hausa state.
The well that the snake is said to have resided still stands today in Daura.