Monday, October 12, 2015

Ntenako: Chapter Five: The Money Pooping Bird



Mbintu was a kind and prolific hunter in Ntenako. Everyone knew him, including the surrounding villages for his kindness. Each time he came back from hunting, he shared his game with his family, neighbors and friends. One day, after returning from a hunting expedition where he killed only a squirrel, he still cut it into minutiae pieces to give each person a piece. Everyone who took it, thanked and blessed him. They had a common blessing, “We wish you well and hope that something wonderful will happen to you.”
One day, he went to the forest and spent 4 days, without shooting anything. On the fifth day, he got discouraged and decided to return home. On his way home, he found a large colorful bird. He pointed his gun at the bird, and the bird cried, “Please, do not kill me!” The man was quaintly scared, so he asked, “Why should I not kill you? Who are you?” He thought that it was the totem of some villager, so he was very careful. The bird said, “Please, do not kill me. I am just a bird. If you do not kill me, I will make you rich.” The man became a bit curious and emboldened, so he asked the bird, “How are you going to make me rich?” The bird retorted, “I poop money.”
Mbintu could not relate to a bird pooping money because he knows what is poop. He imagined how sometimes when he thought of going to use the restroom but he did not go, his stomach could not more take it. It seems as if his exit hole was boiling. He squeezed his laps together and began to shake like an ant on a tree that is facing the wind. He screamed just a little to himself, “ooohhh I got to go… I got to go.” Then when the car dropped him, he walked that special walk with his laps caressing each other to prevent any embarrassing leak. To compound his misery, at times the key will be having eye problems to see the key hole. He continued shaking. Once he entered into the house, he ran straight into the restroom, sat on the pot and exploded. Parrrrr pom papaa poom, paapapapapa like someone was shooting knockouts. After he was done, he got up and soliloquized, “I almost died.” He was relieved and could start some new business. That is what the man knew and not a bird that poopoops money.
Nonetheless, he took the bird home and made a cage. The bird made a special request to allow a larger hole for its butt. In the morning, the man visited the bird to see if it had pooped money, but it had not. The man asked the bird if it was fooling around with him. The bird told him that it could only poop money if the man sang its song, so the bird taught the man its song.
Little bird little bird, I neeeeed some money
Little bird little bird poop me some money
 Little bird little bird I neeeeed some moneyyi   
Little bird little bird poop me some money
Then the bird flapped its feathers and began to poop money
Piaaarrrh piaaarrrrrrh piaaarrrrrh
The man touched the money to ascertain that they were genuine bank notes. He now sang with more skills and happiness as the bird pooped money and pooped money.
He took the money and began to overfeed the bird up to a point where the bird will refuse to eat, but the man will still force it to eat. The bird continued to poop money until the man became rich. He decided to take the money to a far land to buy things which he could sell and make more money.
He said to his son, “My son, you are my only child.  We have suffered a lot and this time, God has blessed us. I am traveling to Nfuni to buy things in the market. Please do not tell anyone that we have such a bird here. In short, do not bring any of your friends into the house.”
Immediately as he was gone, his son-Nyahyen called his friend, Ntangha-nti to come and visit him. When he came, he began to run from one room to another. Therein he found the bird. He exclaimed, “I did not know that you guys had a bird. Wow! It is beautiful. Please let us play with it.” Nyahyen cried, “My father told me not to allow anyone to play with it.” However, - Ntangha-nti insisted that Nyanyen’s father was not going to know anything about it because by the time he returned, they would have already played and returned the bird.
Consequently, they took the bird out. It was there that Nyahyen revealed to Ntangha-nti that their bird could also poop money. The boy refused and swore over his dead fathers. He told him that he has never heard that a bird had poop money. Then Nyahyen went to the bird and asked it to poop money. The bird asked him to sing its song. The boy sang, “
Little bird little bird, I neeeeed some money
Little bird little bird poop me some money
 Little bird little bird I neeeeed some moneyyi   
Little bird little bird poop me some money
Immediately as he finished, the bird began to poop money
Piaaarrrh piaaarrrrrrh piaaarrrrrh
They collected the money and were very excited. The bird told them that it did not like to play only in the cage, so it would prefer to be let out. Nyahyen argued that his father said he should not let it out, but Ntangha-nti convinced him that his father was not going to know about it and by the time he came back, they must have played and returned the bird in its cage and room. They took the bird out, and it began to hop from one stone to another and from one tree to another. Finally, it vamoosed into the forest, never to be seen again.
While on his trip, Mbintu money was stolen because the passenger who had to drop before him carried his bag, perhaps mistakenly or perhaps deliberately, but he did not recover his money. He had to cut his trip short to return home. He was not too worried because he knew that the bird was going to poop more money. What bothered him was that he was going to wait again for some time. When he came home, He walked straight into the dark room and sang
Little bird little bird, I neeeeed some money
Little bird little bird poop me some money
 Little bird little bird I neeeeed some moneyyi   
Little bird little bird poop me some money
Unfortunately, he did not hear the usual Piaaarrrh piaaarrrrrrh piaaarrrrrh that followed each time the bird was to poop money. He sang again, but nothing. He looked around the room, but he could not see the bird, so he asked his son. He began to stammer that.  “Ntangha-nti...” Mbintu did not even wait for him to finish, so he asked him to call for Ntangha-nti. When Ntangha-nti arrived, he explained that the bird told them that it do don’t want to play in the room, so they took it out. Then the birds insisted that it did not want to play in the cage, so they let it out. From there, it flew back into the forest. The man turned to his son and said, “My son, you have not only killed me; you have killed yourself. I told you this was a secret. I told you not to tell anyone. I told you this was my life, and you have finished me.” He got so angry that he did something terrible to the kids.
He could not understand why kids don’t listen to their parents, but they want to obey their friends. He felt like his son should have trusted him more than he trust his friends. His neighbors too did not know that he could have done such evil, considering how kind he was to them and every one. It was now clear that for you to know if anyone loves money, you must put them where they have to make decisions with money.

Hamilton Ayuk
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