In the old days, monkey went to see God and asked him to be like man. God asked him:
- Awô, but can you stay locked 100 days in a cage?
- Awô answered monkey, I can, I swear !
God locked him up in a box as agreed.
On the morning of the 99th day, monkey looked through a small hole and saw wonders: flowers, ripe mangoes, bananas, a blue sky, expanse of water, a golden light, branches swinging.
Then, with all his strength, monkey broke the door and said:
- The world gets beautiful while I am locked up! No way, all these movements outside invite me to the party, I go, I go !!!
He does not finish his monologue and he jumps outside in the open air to live freely like everyone.
That’s why he stayed half-way between man and animal.
The French original can be found on Ouologuem Blog. Translated to English by Dr. Y., Afrolegends.com