NGBANDI by Ifeanyi Dicksondean Uba

The Okpame gods
The water spirit
Which the people believed
Was their supreme being
They stand at the bank of the river
With their sacrifices
As a thanksgiving
Presented to the gods
For the bountiful harvest
They believed that when he gets angry
There could be disasters
In the kingdom
But if he is happy and pleased
Can show a man through
His priest how the future would look like

When asking for rich harvest
And it is been done
They sacrifice the biggest harvest
To Okpame, the water god
They shows respect
To the rivers and the streams
Praying to the water spirits
Offering sacrifices to them
Without missing a turn

Believing Mmiri was originally the youngest
Of the sons of Ketua
His elder brothers
Maikunke, Ojugo, Markanu,
Sarkini, Iriah and Oza
To test his sons Ketua
Visited his sons asking for a meal
Of ants and blood of animals as wine
During the long famine
As everyone knows that these meals are expensive
But six of his sons turned down his request
But Mmiri the god of water
Spread a mat for his father and cooked
A stew plenty of ants
Killed an animal and offered his father the meal

Ketua was pleased
And happy with his son
Ketua by his kindness
He decided making Mmiri
His first child and chief
Of all his descendants
The Okpame believed
Also that anyone who
Is drown in a river
That part of the property
And his sons shall inherit it

The son of the water becomes
His property and his sons will go
There from time to time with
A sacrifice for his father’s spirit
When the people of his village
Go fishing in that part of the river
They will always take with them in their boats
Even If he does not do any work
The believe that his father’s spirit
Will protect the them and the boat
Receiving his own shares of any fish caught

Okpame gods
The water spirit
Which the people believed
Was their supreme being
They stand at the bank of the river
With their sacrifices
As a thanksgiving
Presented to the gods
For the bountiful harvest
They believed that when he gets angry
There could be disasters
In the kingdom
But if he is happy and pleased
Can show a man through
His priest how the future would look like

When asking for rich harvest
And it is been done
They sacrifice the biggest harvest
To Okpame, the water god
They shows respect
To the rivers and the streams
Praying to the water spirits
Offering sacrifices to them
Without missing a turn

Believing Mmiri was originally the youngest
Of the sons of Ketua
His elder brothers
Maikunke, Ojugo, Markanu,
Sarkini, Iriah and Oza
To test his sons Ketua
Visited his sons asking for a meal
Of ants and blood of animals as wine
During the long famine
As everyone knows that these meals are expensive
But six of his sons turned down his request
But Mmiri the god of water
Spread a mat for his father and cooked
A stew plenty of ants
Killed an animal and offered his father the meal

Ketua was pleased
And happy with his son
Ketua by his kindness
He decided making Mmiri
His first child and chief
Of all his descendants
The Okpame believed
Also that anyone who
Is drown in a river
That part of the property
And his sons shall inherit it

The son of the water becomes
His property and his sons will go
There from time to time with
A sacrifice for his father’s spirit
When the people of his village
Go fishing in that part of the river
They will always take with them in their boats
Even If he does not do any work
The believe that his father’s spirit
Will protect the them and the boat
Receiving his own shares of any fish caught

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Ifeanyi Uba

Ifeanyi D. Uba is the author of "Big Toes of greed" "Anselem" and "Holiday with the Tayo's Family"| Voice for the African Children.

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