The Frog and Kantyondyo (Small Mouse)

Here is a story:

There was a small Mouse and a Frog; both wanted to find a wife. When they got engaged, the future parents-in-law told them to bring all the things they grow and cultivate, except for their cows and goats.

So they went to get all of their goods. The Frog feeds off the turf and by kicking up dust he finds left-over food. The Mouse cultivates beans, and as the Mouse is working on his beanstalks, he sings:

I discovered that my mother has already planted for me, me Kantyondyo;
I discovered that my mother has already planted for me, me Kantyondyo;
I have worked hard for it, me Kantyondyo.

Finally, they both returned to the village. The Frog found some food-scraps in a bag while the Mouse found some beans. When they brought the goods to the parents of the girl, they accepted the Mouse’s possessions and refused the Frog’s. So the Mouse took along his wife, but the Frog was not given a wife.

On the way back home, the Frog said to the Mouse:He who jumps the furthest, gets to marry the girl. They competed in jumping and the Mouse was defeated. The Frog said: This is my wife. So the Mouse said: Let’s do it again, only now we’ll see who runs fastest and gets to marry the girl. They competed in running and the Frog lost. This time the Mouse took the girl with him to be his wife.

And that is the end of our story.

The moral of the story: one should never cheat others and everybody should treat each other with justice. Urgent need shows the honesty of a man.

The Mambwe proverbs say: A case of hunger, shows the value (honesty) of a man (Mulandu wa nzala, ukalongoli mpanda).

Subjects: cheating – injustice – honesty – urgency


Written by Stanislaus Sinyangwe, 07th of September 1994.