Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ntenako: Chapter 7 . Junny Junny Oh Bam Bam


Mbintu’s trip to the city has been suspended due to the death of his uncle Tabe-ngwaih. He was surprised that every time he met people from other surrounding villages, they told him that they were all related. It was then that his father narrated a story to him why they were interrelated.
“My son,” He said! “A few years ago, there were just two kingdoms Njarekah and Njarekoh. They were separated merely by a river. Kids from both villages came to the river to swim. However, they always ended up fighting. Njarekah people thought that the river belonged to them while the Njarekoh villagers believed that the river was theirs. Both villages did their fishing, bathing, watering and even used it to wash their egusi there. That made the river so important to their daily survival.
As the kids kept fight, the antagonism increased. They were excited to come to the river just to fight. Through the many river fights, the children made friends and formed alliances. It was also a time for the young boys to show their manhood and win girls. As the bravery of the fights reverberated all through the week in school, young girls sang the names of those who did the fighting. Those whose names were sang the most became heroes in school. What may be a plaything to a child may end up causing the parents heartache.
The crescendo came when Njarekah kids teamed up and ambushed Njarekoh’s. They beat them up, broke their pails and wounded many. Njarekohs ran home and informed their parents.
Their parents did not like it, so they convened an ad hoc meeting. This resulted in a military invasion. They planned and took immediate revenge by invading Njarekah while they slept. They set their homes on fire, the market, the school and the churches. Njarekah’s men ran into the forest, leaving behind their women and kids. Njarekoh took their hostages, including their livestock.
A few days passed, so the Njarekah men came back to seek reconciliation. They sent negotiators who began talks with their western neighbors. They told them that they wanted them to simply make payments before they could liberate their kids and women. The livestock will not be given back. Njarekoh accepted and began fulfilling the terms. They fulfilled it and took everyone back home. However, there was one girl who was left there because she did not have anyone to pay for her.
The strong man who took her hostage made chains that he put on her legs and paraded her round the village as a circus animal, forced her to do things she did not like, just to satisfy people. Each time they took her out, there was a young man from Njarekoh who did not like the treatment and abuse, so he complained to the chief. The chief replied that she was a slave, so the strongman had the right to treat her any way he wanted. If Junny did not like it, he should pay her ransom.
Junny was poor, so he could not do it. He was not too strong too, so he could not fight for her liberation. Consequently, he consulted an oracle that advised him to go and shoot a stone into the river. If the stone touched the bed of the river, he will have a solution. Every evening with sunset, when the river was calmed, he went there and shot stones. He began doing it daily, but all his efforts were to no avail. When he was ready to give up, he had a dream where his defunct father visited him. He told him to put the stone on a rubber gun before shooting it. He put it and shot it. The stone went straight into the river and down the bed.
As the s pebble touched the bed, the river began to foam, there were drumming and smog coming out of the river. It was a strange sight that brought fear into his heart. He did not know whether he should run or stand, but he decided to stand. In the midst of the whirlpool, he heard a voice call out his name, “Junny, Junny, why do you wake up the ancestors? Junny with his knees knocking and quaking, stammered, and sweating, “Oh able parents, I have come to seek power to liberate a girl I love so much. She is held captive in my own village by my people.” The voice told him to take the water with his mouth and that until he reached and spat the water on the roof of the strong man’s house, he should say no word to anyone, whether kin or stranger.
As he walked home, people greeted him, but he stayed mum. Those who saw him with swollen jaws could not understand what happened to him. They thought that perhaps the Njarekah people have bewitched the river in revenge, so the news spread like wild fire. Everyone then told his friend and friends told their neighbors and neighbors told the first person they saw. Not knowing if his situation was contaminatory, they decided to run too into the forest. Junny walked to the home of the strong man and spat the water on top of the roof. As the water poured on the roof, there was a mini earthquake that took place. The chains on the girl’s legs were broken, the slave owner passed pout, and Junny went in and grabbed the girl as they began to run.
They ran, ran and ran. They reached a little tree by the corner of the road, and the girl leaned to catch her breath. As she held the tree with her left hand and placed her right arm on her back, she said to Junny, “Junny, Junny, please let me catch my breath.” As she let out large puffs of breaths. Junny came behind her and placed his hand on her shoulder, just a little bit towards her neck. At that moment, Souzia felt a special connection that flowed between her and Junny. She realized that it was meant to be as this was love that has brought them far. She began to sing to him,
Junny Junny oh bam bam
Oh my Junny bam bam
 You saved my life bam bam
You set me free bam bam
Junny junny Bam bam
Oh my junny bam bam
Junny took her by the arm and screamed, “let us go, let us go, we need to go far.”
As they ran and ran and ran, they came to an orchard. Souzia went and cut some more flowers. She leaned her back on Junny’s chest and gyrated her buttocks on his waist as she sang melancholically again,
(2X) Junny Junny oh bam bam
Oh My Junny bam bam
 You saved my life bam bam
You set me free bam bam
Junny Junny Bam bam
Oh my Junny bam bam
Junny oh Junny bam Bam,
Junny took her again by the hand, and they continued to run. They ran and went into a virgin forest. They perched there and began to rebuild their lives. One day, they had news from hunters that those two villages were going again to war. They realized that they could do something, so they devised a plan. Junny went back home to his people and joined the army. Souzia did the same thing, and they each led the army.
On the day of the war, they met at the river. Each group stood across the bridge facing each other with their weapons. Then Souzia shouted, Hip Hip hurray! Hip Hip hurray, and the people responded hurrayyyyyy!!! She screamed again, “Hip Hip Huraay, Hip Hip hurray and the people thunderously responded Hurray. They thought she was going to order them to attack, but she instead began to sing.
Junny Junny oh bam bam
Oh My Junny bam bam
 You saved my life bam bam
You set me free bam bam
Junny Junny Bam bam
Oh my Junny bam bam
Junny oh Junny bam Bam,
Oh My Junny bam bam
 You saved my life bam bam
You set me free bam bam
Junny junny Bam bam
Magically, the place went deadly quiet. They overheard Junny set his troops in action. He too went, Hip Hip hurray! Hip Hip hurray, and the people responded hurrayyyyyy!!! Everyone was ready to obey his orders as they waited for the attack signal. Then he moved forward, went up the bridge and began to sing,

Souzia Souzia bam bam
Oh My Souzia bam bam
 You are my lover bam bam
You make me happy Bam bam
Souzia Souzia Bam bam
Oh souzia my heart bam bam
Souzia Souzia bam Bam,
Oh My Souzia bam bam
You are my life bam bam
I love you dearly Bam bam
Souzia then leaned on Junny and began to sing again,
Junny Junny oh bam bam
Oh My Junny bam bam
 Kiss my neck bam bam
Kiss my forehead bam bam
Junny junny Bam bam
Oh my junny bam bam
Kiss my lips bam Bam,
Kiss my nose bam bam
As they sang and danced, the two armies stood in bemusement and watched the spectacle. At first, they were confused, but they later joined the two lovers, danced and made peace. They did not fight any war again. From that day, they made peace and began to intermarry. They built eight more villages that used the same river without shortage.
The human heart is capable of being bigger than any ethnic diversity, including skin color, but it all depends on humanity. This same river that was not enough for the two villages was now enough for 8 villages. My son that is why we are interrelated!” His father told him. Mbintu lived to appreciate that day for the lesson was surely going to help him, especially nowadays where the white people don’t like the black people, the black people don’t like the Hispanics and the Hispanics don’t like anybody. He needed it because if he was going to live in the city with different people, then he needed to deal with all kinds of people so that his world will be a bigger place.




“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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