Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mbikeng Morah



Our people say, “Mbune mmoh abwekghe bwong noh ne chi eh punoh bhe yi abekghe bwong mbapberi.” Itmeans, “It does not mean that a child with neither a father nor a mother does not have a protector.”

Mbikeng[1]  was a girl protected by God. When her mother got pregnant, she became ill. She was constantly sick, so people accused her child of being an “obanje,” reincarnated child. Her parents fearing that she was badluck, went and abandoned her in the forest as was the custom of those types of children. They wanted to sever ties with the cursed child. A hunter found the child and took her to his home in Ntenako.
On Friday, September 15, 1972, her new parents registered her in in Presbyterian Primary School Ntenako Ndekwai. When she began to go to school, the teacher’s money was stolen, and the entire class accused her of being the thief. She was beaten and driven from school. She told them that she did not steal it, but no one would believe her. She went to a woman who sold puff and worked for her. She paid her, Mbikeng restituted the money to the teacher, and she resumed her classes. Despite restoring the money, her reputation did not change.
When she graduated on in June 1979, she began working for Mami Frida who was a tailor. She learnt how to sow clothes, but she was not allowed to leave because she did not pay her apprenticeship fee. She was asked to work for her mistress for the next three years. There were three other young women who served mami Frida. One of them was poisoned. Everyone accused her of being responsible for the girl’s sickness; meanwhile, she wasn’t. She tried to prove her innocence, but no one will believe her. She spent all her days crying
Mbikeng morah oh
Mbikeng morah eh
Mbikeng morah oh Eh he Mbikeng morah ah
Mbikeng keh bwong noh
Mbikeng keh bwong chi
Mbikeng keh bwong noh eh he Mbikeng keh bwong chi
One time, one woman met her swimming with her son, they accused her of trying to rape the boy, even though the boy refused. Notwithstanding, she was arrested and locked up. Three years later, the boy and her parents came and confessed that they had lied. Mbikeng was freed, and she got married. A year later she had a set of triplets and the following year, she had a set of twins. Her children became lawyers, doctors and engineers.
An orphan may not have a physical parent, but God looks after them. God surely did look after Mbikeng. Therefore, never ever give up in life because discouragements only come to those with a great future.

Until then, let the orphan know that there is still hope.

St Arrey of Ntenako.





[1] Mbikeng was a compound name from Mbi (persistence, determined) and Nkeng (main pillar or binder of a house). It means someone who will persistently make things to happen in the family.  

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