An entry in the 2015 Rivers Award
for Writing on Peace & Harmony
AKINA Kamane and his wife Moro and their three children lived harmoniously on a steep hill. Of the three kids Waim and Kerenga were boys and Ogan a girl.
At the age of seven they enrolled at a nearby primary school. Kerenga was a bright kid and Akina and Moro focussed on him and gave less attention to Waim and Ogan.
One afternoon, Akina called his kids for the dinner and, before handing out the dishes, he told them to sit around him.
“Kerenga is quite intelligent so he will continue in education,” said Akina, “but Waim and Ogan cannot continue since your results are poor. Rather than going to school, you will make gardens and tame the pigs.”
Waim and Ogan were shocked and cried out bitterly. They sought their father’s leniency to allow them to continue since it is everyone’s right to be educated.
They asked their father to give them a second chance. But their father ignored their request.
“I don’t want to waste time, effort and resource on stupid kids like you,” he said.
Waim and Ogan had no choice but to listen to their father. So they remained at home helping their parents while Kerenga went to school with a smiling face.
Some years later Kerenga completed his tertiary studies and secured permanent employment with Internal Revenue. He lived a happy life in the city and forgot about his parents and siblings at home.
On a golden day, Akina Kamane and Moro went to Kerenga’s house in the city for a visit. He gave them a poor reception and turned a blind eye on them. Kerenga demanded that they return home the next day with empty hands.
He even decided not to help them with the bus fare. The couple cried and returned to the village with regret in their hearts.
By this time, Waim and Ogan were well known farmers in the village. They produced surplus food to sell at the market and they earned a lot of money from their hard labour.
They were happy with their lives and their riches and forgave their parents.
Waim and Ogan wholeheartedly helped their parents and shared with them what they produced and earned.
Akina and Moro were very happy and gave their blessing to Waim and Ogan and begged their forgiveness.
“I branded you as stupids and stopped you from going to school,” Waim said. “I regret bitterly and withdraw those bad words, and now I seek your leniency as a father.”
Waim and Ogan looked at their parents with admiration and shed tears with them once they heard that statement.
“Dad and mum, you are special and deserve our forgiveness. Have peace of mind and live harmoniously with us without regret,” said Waim.
“We accept your apology and forgive you wholeheartedly,” said Ogan.
“I will ignore and forgive Kerenga so he can continue his new life in the city,” Akina Kamane declared with tears in his eyes. “We will live at our level at home.”
They accepted each other’s words and embraced one another with glowing hearts.
Ogan and Waim organised a mumu and shared the pork meat with their parents as a sign of forgiveness and reunion.