A long long time ago, yes it was at the beginning of the world, there were three friends: the vulture, the hornbill, and the hen who became sick. The first one was suffering from baldness, the second from an anomaly on the beak, and the third from cramps on its legs. To make themselves heard, they started singing.
Dauni Nomba yôyé
Inden sanga nomba kôyé
what life here !
Life is in auction !”
God did not answer, so they decided to go see Him directly so that He would heal them. The hen challenged:
– My friends let’s not go beyond protocol, God will not delay. By acting as you intend to, we will make Him angry. Why the hurry?
The vulture and the hornbill did not listen to the hen and went up the sky flying as hard as possible. As they rose higher and higher, God arrived and healed the hen. Since then, the vulture has remained bald, and the hornbill has a crooked beak. To this day, they keep hovering in the air in search of God.
The French original can be found on Ouologuem Blog. Translated to English by Dr. Y., Afrolegends.com
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