Njabala - The lazy girl

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This story is about a lazy girl from Uganda. It is very educative especially to the girls out there.

Submitted: February 22, 2018

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Submitted: February 22, 2018



Once upon a time, there lived a very hardworking man who married a woman in a village, far away. They lived happily together and eventually gave birth to a baby girl whom they named 'Njabala.'


Njabala grew up to be the most beautiful girl in the village. Her parents loved her so much. They pampared her in every possible way, from expensive jewellery to the cutest dresses, she got it all. Her mother in particular also never wanted her beautiful daughter to do any house work. So Njabala didn't learn to cook, wash clothes, dig or even clean the house because her mother felt she was too beautiful.



Njabala grew up in a life of bliss.


One day however, Njabala's father went hunting in the neighboring village and never returned. His disappearance left the mother so devastated that she fell sick and then eventually died. Njabala stayed home lonely until the village elders decided she was ripe for marriage.


These village elders called for a meeting and got her a man to get married to. Njabala hesitantly agreed.


Njabala's husband had other wives but they welcomed her and made her life very comfortable during her honeymoon because they did everything for her, including the housework. But then the good times were over, and it was time for her to do her chores. She was given a bush to cultivate and make her garden, she was allocated 2 days in a week for cooking by her co wives and all the homely other things she had to do.


Poor girl, she could not do anything herself; she couldn't even light firewood to prepare food or carry a pot on her head without breaking it because her mother never taught her these chores!


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Everytime she cooked, she burnt the food. Every chore she did went wrong. Her world become too dark and cold.


As a result her husband got angry with her, he abused and beat her while her co-wives laughed. One day in the garden, she started to cry and sang to her mother to come and see what she had done to her, by not teaching her house chores. She cried too much that the ghost of her mother appeared and dug the whole field while singing and urging her to learn because a woman must know her work.


The following days became brighter for Njabala. Her husband thought his disciplinary action towards Njabala had worked and he was so pleased for the garden looked so nice. He went home and thanked her, gave her presents and she become the favorite of them from then on.


However, one evening, her husband returned home early to meet his beloved wife but he got the shock of his life. He saw a ghost digging their garden as Njabala sat down. He immediately ran and called all the neighbors who helped him chase Njabala from the village. 




Njabala cried as she carried a stockpile on her back, not knowing where to go.




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