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BUBA, THE UNGRATEFUL RULER

 

A Repository Of African Folk Stories, Culture and Traditions

Buba was a very corrupt ruler. His community helped him to become a ruler. He turned against them; used community wealth to marry several wives and enriched himself. Nemesis caught up with him when he fell off a dilapidated bridge he refused to repair.

- Godwin C. Nwaogwugwu (Founder)

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BUBA, THE UNGRATEFUL RULER  (Ctd).....

 

 

Buba was a poor farmer who had nothing in his house. Sometimes, getting food to eat was a problem for him. Each day he sat on a log in front of his compound and complained about everything........(Scroll down to keep reading)

  

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BUBA, THE UNGRATEFUL RULER  (Ctd).....

One day, Buba’s uncle, Abu, who had been the village head took ill and died. The village was in search of another head. Traditionally, Buba’s elder brother, Dogo, should have taken over the mantle of leadership. But the village people didn’t like Dogo because he was a very mean man and thought he knew more than every other person in the village. Therefore, the villagers decided that Dogo, and Buba should contest the position at the village square through a wrestling match. Dogo protested the match but later accepted. “I will use my intelligence to defeat Buba” he thought. 

On the Dee day, the drummers were beating a special tune of valor and strength.  Young men were dancing; women sat in groups, as they waited for Buba and Dogo to enter the wrestling arena. Fans for Buba cheered and boasted, as he sauntered to the wrestling arena. Dogo came amidst a roar of cheers by his fans. He was favored to win the match because he was much older and looked stronger. 

The drummers beat persistently, as the dry hamattan wind blew dust on the spectators. The wrestling match began. Dogo had an upper hand. He lifted Buba up in the air such that his legs were barely touching the ground. Buba appeared to be in pains in the tightly clenched arms of Dogo around his waist. Everybody thought the match was over. “Dogo would be the village head” they all thought. But suddenly, Dogo stepped on a slippery banana peel, and fell on the ground with Buba on top of him. People roared. Buba’s fans cheered in jubilation. The match was over! Buba had defeated Dogo in a slightest stroke of luck.  

The banana peel was actually placed close to Dogo’s feet by an old woman called ‘Aisha’. Aisha wanted Buba to be the village head because she felt he would care more about the people than Dogo, his elder bother.

Buba was crowned the village head. But few months later, Buba became evil. He imposed heavy taxes on the people and spent the money on himself. He married three wives and there were rumors about a fourth one coming from a neighboring town. He threw lavish parties, bought several horses, and seized people’s farms to build huts for his aides. He also kept large sums of money belonging to the village with his friends living in other towns.  The villagers lamented “What an evil Buba has become. We trusted him and made him our head, now he treats us like his slaves” 

Because of Buba’s actions, there was no food in the village. Buba had used the farms to build huts for his aides. Young men had nothing to do and resorted to stealing. Young women were given away in marriage by desperate parents who were getting poorer and poorer. Only Buba and his family had enough to eat.  

There was an old bridge across the Sabon River that linked the village with a popular market. The bridge became shaky, and needed repairs. The villagers complained to Buba, but he turned a deaf ear rather preferred to spend the village money on himself. Local musicians composed songs about him: 

“Buba, you, who had no food to eat
Buba, you, who had no money to buy clothes,
We made you our head to help us, and
You have turned against us
Buba, God will surely pay you back, because
People reap what they sow.” 
 
Yet Buba didn’t listen.

One day, Buba, his three wives and their children were coming back from the market, where they had gone to buy jewelries and clothes. As they walked across the shaky old bridge Buba did not repair, it caved in and they fell into the fast-flowing river. The fishermen saved his wives and children and brought them to shore. But Buba was too busy being a chief; he didn’t learn how to swim.  He as swept away by the river and drowned. 

The villagers mourned him, but didn’t miss him.  “Buba was an ungrateful person. He forgot those who made him. Whatever you sow, you shall reap.” They sang at his funeral.

 Morals: When you find yourself in a position of authority, work for the benefit of the people. Whatever you do will come back to hunt you later.

 

         

Ijele, The King Masquerade

Masquerades in most African traditions originated as local law enforcement agents. They protected traditions and shrines. Membership was shrouded in secrecy through initiations to protect the identity of the members who often were used to confront strong men who broke laws. In modern times masquerades are used mostly for entertainments. .Read More

 

African Maiden Dances & Traditional Marriages

Most African traditions place a lot of importance on ladies' chastity, purity and abstinence before marriage. Most African maiden dances were used to keep young women's minds and body active before marriage. A maiden dance is also used to present a young maiden to her intended suitor...Read More


Life, Leaps, & Stumbles (Inspirational Series)

 

Inspirational /Motivational Speeches

Never Lose Relevance in The Sight of God & People You Need to Progress.
A Bad Relationship Is Surely The Fastest Way To Meet Jesus Soon!
Victims of Our Own Deceptions.
Let me speak in parable: Once upon a time – time! time!!
Prayer As A Mere Formality – Sorry, Maybe the Opportunity Has Come And Gone While You Are Still Praying
Please I Cannot Please You Always
How To Win True Lovers & Friends Using Xmas Season!!
One Can Never Grow Beyond One's Capacity.
Why I'll Leave Judgment to God, and Revenge to Karma!
Life is full of contrasts and complications

The Power of Love! (An Inspirational Story Written by Godwin C Nwaogwugwu)

How Emotional Relationships and Strategic Relationships Affect Career.
Do Your Best Friends Take You The Way You Take Them?
How some people start out as quality but end up as ’fairly used’ in relationships.
Don’t Give Up, Sister. Don’t Pack And Quit, Brother. There's a Second Chance!
Never Stand Aside And Watch A Child Being Maltreated
Maybe This Is Why You Haven't Found What You Are Looking for.
Dear God, forgive me in advance
Love and The 'Luv' Effect!
When Being 'Too Smart' Can Be Really Foolish
Do You See A Cup Either As Half-full or Half-empty?
Nobody Gets An Award For Poverty! Why Hang In There?

A Father's Personal Letter To A Heart-broken Daughter

At A Crossroad? You Can Still Find Your Way!

A Father's Special Happy Birthday To His Daughter!!!!

 

Selecting The Sex Of Your Baby By Shettles Method: The Secrets They Didn't Disclose

“Between science and superstition is failure in every aspect of life.  It’s amazing from all evidences in life that God gave 'man' every power to subdue, dominate his environment and create the outcomes he desires. However, ignorance and laziness makes many people to remain needy even in an environment of abundance” – G C Nwaogwugwu (2008)

Disclaimer: Please this is not my original text, I am only summarizing a huge voluminous research book by Dr. Shettles and David Rorvik for my friends who may not have the time to read. Do not attack me based on your religious belief and bear in mind that many people may not share your believes either. Read More

Godwin C. Nwaogwugwu


Parable of The Torchlight - Friends Indeed!!

In the midst of a very thick darkness that beclouded hopes and instilled fear, a figure stood at a distance in a white robe holding a faint torch-light to help guide the paths of a trembled fellow. That figure was neither God, ghost nor an apparition. It's a living being who knew a torch-light will be needed at such a dark moment, brought it out, switched it on to show light that helped save a life. That's what friends are for. Where was your torch-light, when your friend lost his/her way?......Read More

Godwin C. Nwaogwugwu


The Misused Your Love, Abused Your Kindness, and Attacked Your Character

"....They misused your love, abused your kindness, manipulated you, tossed you around, told lies behind you to knock you down, conspired to make you look like a fool before the world, attacked your character and integrity to tarnish your image; but you cannot help but give glory to God because you came out on the other side triumphant and left them forever wondering what happened to their targeted arrows fired from their well-oiled gossip machine and arsenals. Yeah, it all fell on the shield, the stone you are under. ........Now you sing and dance the victory song while they are doomed forever.

.They have incurred the wrath of a mighty man of war, and He is charging at them with a fiery rage. They are scattered in confusion, fleeing in various directions. A trail of victory, victory, victory, victory, victory, victory and power follows your path all the way. I don't care what you are going through, until God says it's over..it ain't over!!! Read More

 

Godwin C. Nwaogwugwu

 A Syndicated Nigerian

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"..You can play gospel music all day and post scriptures on your doors. However, if you don't talk to your neighbors, don't move along with co-workers, always looking forward to hearing bad news about your perceived enemies rather than being happy with yourself, God needs no witnesses to sentence you..." -

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 "A big hindrance to personal progress is prejudice. It's amazing what we have in common and how fast we connect with people when we sit around the same table to share food & drink, irrespective of our race, color, background, gender, and beliefs. The worst people on Earth are bigots who believe they are holier and better than others but contribute nothing except hatred. Never waste your time listening to such people."

- Godwin C. Nwaogwugwu


 

 

 

 

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