“Ǹchə̀ ngwo dzwi nə ngwo.”
The dog’s curse is on itself. (Do not revenge)
|1||fə̀li’i dzwi ndyâ.||There is smoke in the house. There is a stranger in the house.|
|2||Azuŋə zuma ntiŋkaŋə nunə nshye nzə boŋə məŋkhə kə a tiŋə ndəŋə, boŋə a kakə zə.||While an elder sees while sitting even if a child climbs a tree he cannot see.|
|3||Nchyambi moo ŋù bə ndəmə yε.||A man’s first child is his brother or sister.|
|4||Boŋə o ka wwò ò kakə mbàŋə bə.||If you do not fall you cannot pick a stick.|
|5||Boŋə fənyə tya wwo ò zə ŋwεŋwε tsətsuŋə ò khə.||If a snake bites you, you will run when you see a worm.|
|6||Mmi mə kwi’ifò ə̀fwò məyii.||The eyes of a Kwifor (Palace Masquerade of Authority) are the grasses.|
|7||Ngamə ləmətə nzεrə wwε nəkàŋə||The discussion in the house was interesting that caused the thief to laugh from the ceiling.|
|8||Nkabə bwo ŋù nə kakə mboŋnə.||Somebody cannot discuss with money.|
|9||Akòŋnə chya nkabə.||Love is important than money.|
|10||Abwo mo’o bikàkə nəbu’u nkwεrə.||One hand cannot tie a bundle.|
|11||Nkabə ŋu bə̀ bi.||A man’s money is in his people.|
|12||Boŋə njə̀ ka ala’a kuu bəkəmə jyə kə̀?||If there are no defaulters what will kingmakers eat? If there are no fines or penalties what will the government benefit?|
|13||Nəzo’o bə əkwerə ntiŋə||Marriage is perseverance.|
|14||Bεnə abàà zhə adi’i wuma abwo zhə bə kù’ù wə .||Hang your bag where your hand can reach.|
|15||Bə lεrə lεrə nshye wi .||We are only tallying in this world.|
|16||Azuŋə nshi’inə nə kakə nlεrətǝ .||Good things never last.|
|17||Fə̀lya ndə̀mǝ nə̀wwo.||Sleep is the brother/sister to death.|
|18||Ò təmə akù zhə a bânǝ̀ ngo’o.||If you hid your foot, let the stone break.|
|19||Boŋə ò zii abi boŋə o bə jyə məjyə mə moo.||If you spend your day at home, you will eat the child’s food.|
|20||Njwe mbə̀ŋə a zhi nshye.||A rainy day is known by the earth.|
|21||Ǹnà fa zanə bə zə̀ mə̀ konə̀ .||The animal that separates from the others is bound to be caught.|
|22||Abenə – mfò boŋə bəgwè.||The King’s dance is good for the comedians.|
|23||Swigərə a dzwi ma mmu maכboŋə ə tô nta’a.||Gossiping is a wild fire that can burn a hill.|
|24||Fə̀saŋə fəmo’o bikakə ndyâ nzi.||A single broom stick cannot sweep the house.|
|25||Ǹnà bika nshye nwwo mbəŋnə tə fə̀ngò’ò.||Meat cannot fall down and it’s picked up without sand.|
|26||Àwuŋə ǹtsə̀mə̀ boŋə nə awuŋə nkà’à.||For a hunting expedition to be successful young hunters must be present.|
|27||boŋǝ abarə ndya bonə mbyi noŋə̀ wǝ.||If the backyard is good goats will lie on.|
|28||Ntâ ti bitə bə’ənə lya səŋə kə ndarə yε.||The branch broke just when the bird was taking off.|
|29||Taa mbə̀ŋə̀ nə gha.||Protect yourself from the rain when it is still far off.|
|30||Tso’o atsə̀’ətyə nkwε maku’u wwò.||Remove your cap and take something to eat.|
|31||Tu’u nkyi məmə nkhe.||Carry water in a basket.|
|32||Kəfəmə ghǝ̀rə anyù nə anyù.||The bee is doing something for something.|
|33||Mayàbǝ̀ be anyu ngu’u .||Love issues are things of the past.|
|34||Ba wwo bə təmə nzεrə.||Make way and let the thief be caught.|
|35||Chyâ ndzəmə fὲrə̀ nkwurə aborə nəngùŋə.||Eat premature plantains because of the wind..|
|36||Ngwo tyǝnǝ a nǝ akwεǎ.||If you hear dogs fighting, there is a bone.|
|37||Boŋǝ ò lεrə ntenə ò chə nkwi dzwâ mfye.||If you stay out of home for long you may harvest wet wood.|
|38||kə alə’ərə zhə nə khə chyâ.||Don’t run faster than your shadow.|
|39||Mε’ε azuŋə mbə azuŋə.||Throw something to pick something.|
|40||ndiŋə ntsəmə dzwi nǝ taŋka yε.||Every witch/wizard has a friend.|
|41||Ǹna mângòŋə bikàkə ntaŋə.||Meat for many is not tough. A task for many people is never difficult.|
|42||Ntsǔ kwurə əkwε.||A mouth that eats bones. (empty talking)|
Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama is a typical African dish, so rich in the various food nutrients. This traditional dish has become so popular that it is now eaten in many countries of the world because of its richness. The main ingredients used to prepare a tasty corn fufu and njyama-njyama dish are as listed below.
- corn flour
- vegetables (njyama-njyama} also called huckleberry Other leaf vegetables can be used such as bitter leaf.
- vegetable oil
- Pepper for those who like it.
- banana leaves
Method for preparing Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama
- Harvest the huckleberry (Njyama-njyama) from the farm or buy from the market. The quantity depends on how much fufu and njyama-njyama you want to prepare.Pick the njyama-njyama by removing the hard stems.Wash thoroughly and boil the njyama-njyama for about 20 to 30 minutes, then remove and slice.
- Slice the tomatoes and onion and fry using the vegetable oil and fry about two to three minutes.
- Add salt and magi, and allow to fry for about two or three more minutes depending on the quantity. Pepper can also be added at this stage for those who like it.
- Add the sliced njyama-njyama and stir well. When it is well mixed with the tomato and onion paste, allow it for one or two minutes, then stir and remove from the gas cooker or fireside.
- Trash dry yellow or red corn and grin it at a grinding mill. You may buy already prepared corn flour from a store.
- Put enough water in a sizable pot, depending on your quantity. Allow the water to bubble. Mixed corn flour with water and put in the bubbling water, then stir continuously for about three to four minutes till the dough is thick and tough.
- Add warm water and using a pestle or a wooden spoon , open the dough and let the water go in between the dough down to the bottom of the pot. Then cover and let it cook for about two to three minutes. open and stir till the fufu is smoother, tougher and looks shinny.
- Use the banana leaves to tie. Where there are no banana leaves, you can use film rolls.
- Serve with fried or baked chicken, fish or meat.
Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama is a dish very rich in food nutrients such as,
- fats and oil
This video shows how to prepare Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama. View and share it with friends.
Achu and Yellow soup is a typical African Traditional dish of the Ngemba clan in Cameroon. It is a dish so abundant in the various food nutrients. This traditional dish, because of its richness, has become so popular that it is now eaten all over the country and in many countries of the world. The process to come out with a tasty dish of Achu and Yellow Soup is in three stages; the preparation, the actual pounding, and the Yellow soup preparation.
The main ingredients for preparing Achu and Yellow soup are coco-yams, banana, red palm oil, cow meat and skin, salt, magi, Limestone (Niki), achu soup spices, and pepper. The pepper is only for those who eat it. In my village setting, the coco-yams and banana are harvested from the farm while the other ingredients bought from the market or store. Of course, in a city, one has to buy all the parts. The traditional plates (banana leaves) are also harvested and warmed over a glowing fire then split in rectangular forms ready for use in the second stage to tie the achu (coco-yam fufu) itself. In a city, we use a dish in place of the leaves.
This pictures show Banana leaves
The coco-yam and banana are washed and put in a sizable pot, beginning with the coco-yams, then the banana, and finally some tender or young coco-yams at the top. The pot is then covered with banana leaves or foil paper and allow to cook until the coco-yam and banana are soft enough for pounding.
Pounded coco-yam and banana
When the coco-yam and banana are well cooked,
- Firstly we peel the tender or young coco-yams and pound.
- Then pound the banana and mixed with the pounded coco-yam. This is done in about two or more batches depending on the quantity. Each batch is mixed up with the previous one to keep it continuously soft and smooth. At the end of this stage, all the pounded coco-yam and banana are well mixed until it is smooth to form a dough.
- Water is added if the dough is too tight; otherwise, it is just fine.
- The softer dough or call it fufu is then removed and tied up in bundles known as bundles of achu.
While the coco-yam and banana are being pounded, the meat and skin is also cooking on the fireplace.
- Firstly, slice the meat and skin and wash it thoroughly.
- Secondly, put in a pot and add enough water, salt, and magi.
- Then, allow to cook until it is soft enough. This can take about thirty to forty-five minutes, depending on the type.
- Mixed the red palm oil and “Niki” in a bowl or pot till it turns pure yellow.
- Drain the stock from the meat and pour it in the bowl or pot. Use a second bowl to mixed the soup well by turning it from bowl to bowl till it is pure yellow and thick enough. You can also use a blender to blend if you have one otherwise continue mixing for about two to three minutes, depending on the quantity.
When these three stages are accomplished then, Achu and Yellow Soup is ready for the table. Yummy!
Considering its ingredients, Achu and Yellow Soup is very rich in
- Carbohydrates from the coco-yams.
- Proteins from the meat.
- Vitamins from red palm oil and vegetable.
- Fats oils from the red palm oil.
- Calcium from the yellow soup
- The yellows soup also fixes minor stomach upsets.
As early as 5:30 AM that morning, I got up, hurried with my morning chores and got myself ready because I never wanted to miss any bit of the Mass. This quarantine style of Mass with my Bishop on Pentecost 2020 was first of its kind in my life as a Christian and as compared to the past when I will follow a one week Pentecost Week program which usually ends with a big Pentecost Mass. My Bishop on TV with a multitude of Christians watching all over the world, tells me, “With God everything is possible”. I preferred the screen at the basement because it was the largest in our home and as usual I started following the Mass deeply as though I was in Church with no knowledge that my daughter was observing me and taking some snap shots with her cell phone.
After the Penitential Rite and the proclamation of the word, came the invocation of the Holy Spirit in a song by the singing minister. As I kneel listening keenly and reflecting on the lyrics of the song, I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit right in me. Then I prayed asking the Holy Spirit to also touch my family, friends and Christians all over the world who are having the same quarantine experience as I do and bring a powerful solution to the crisis brought upon human beings by the Corona Virus.
The Bishop proceeds with a very lively sermon filled with the spirit of Pentecost. He invites everyone to be open and receive the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit as of the first Pentecost for the renewal of the whole world. I was filled with awe as I sat listening to his heart searching sermon.
The beautiful ending of the Bishop’s sermon, “COME HOLY SPIRIT! COME HOLY SPIRIT! COME HOLY SPIRIT!”, was another spirit filled and touching moment that was like the Bishop just pulled the Holy Spirit out from heaven to earth and I felt His powerful presence in the room.
Then Came the moment of Spiritual Communion when I recited the prayer with passion, opening the door to let Him enter, “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with me”. Rev 3:20
During Announcements I decided to celebrate Pentecost with my Bishop in this way. His announcements were full of good news on how gradually the Churches are going to open their doors again for Christian worship as a community. Remember, one definition of the Church is “A Community of Christians” and not individual Christians in their homes.
Even Though Christians were not in Church physically, they were Spiritually as you can see our Bishop blessing us as he exits the physically empty Church. There’s a song that says, “One thing I ask of the Lord, one thing I long, to live in the house of God everyday of my life”. Yes, this longing eats up every true Christians at this moment of the Coronavirus pandemic when the Church’s doors are physically closed.
So long as the Spirit lives and moves and renews the face of the earth, so will Mother Earth continue to produce her fruits and take care of her up springs, even though she mourns and groans waiting for the right moment that she will open her mouth and swallow the ugly Corona virus, leaving no trace of it, “The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon spewed out of his mouth”. (Rev. 12:16) As you can see, Seeds have sprouted on my quarantine backyard garden. They are growing and flourishing assurance of life and continuity.
Come to think of it, why have we to go through all this quarantine thing? The blame is all on the devilish COVID-19 pandemic. But, remember, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God”, not even the ugly Corona-virus for “… in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us”(Rom. 8:35-37). Let’s keep trusting God.
|1||Àbàa ntəǝ nə̀ kàa nluu.||A bag of advice never gets full. (You continue to get advice or learn till your last day, even in events you think you are an expert.)|
|2||Boŋə m̀bì’inə̀ kàkə atyə̌ chyà.||The shoulder can never be above the head. (A slave, “worker, student, wife” can never be above his master “boss, teacher, husband”.)|
|3||M̀bàŋə nə̀lwenə̀ ə̀ bə moo.||An old age walking stick is a child. (An encouragement for parents to take good care of their children and to children who take good care of their old aged parents.)|
|4||Moo tə̀ zu’u ǹtèe mya kù zhə̀ nsansə.||A child who never listens to mother’s advise shall face his/her doom. (A warning to recalcitrant children)|
|5||Ngwo nə̀ kǎ moo ngwo dàŋə njwe.||A dog cannot give birth to a different species. (Said when a child grows with the good or negative qualities of a parent)|
|6||O tə kuu moo ŋù ò jwe wwò.||When nursing another man’s child bring yours forth. (Said in situations where an adopted child despises his/her caretakers)|
|7||Fya azuŋə ambwo ŋù wuma a zhi ǹdwènə̀.||Give something to one who knows the value. (Said in a situation where someone takes good care of something)|
|8||À̀wuŋə nə̀ tə kwi afò a ǹnà kàkə̌ m̀yə̀.||A hunting session does not end because animals are finished in the bush. (We do not stop an activity because the enjoyment or pleasure is not still there but because we have to keep time.)|
|9||Boŋə ò ka kù’u bǔ ŋù tòŋə ò kàkə̌ ǹfὲ’ὲ njya zhì zhi.||If you’ve never eaten achu’u with someone you’ll never know how he consumes the soup. (If you’ve never lived with someone, you’ll never know his/her attitude.)|
|10||Ǹchə̀ ngwo dzwi nə ngwo.||A curse on a dog remains with it. (Said when we need not revenge a bad act from someone but leave it to God’s judgement.)|
|11||Boŋə o ka ndya dzwi bə bǐtə̀ ǹjyǎ zhə̀ nə̌ nkyǐ.||If you are not present water will be added to your soup. (If you are not present, you’ll always be cheated.)|
|12||Bǝ̌ tyə mbenə mə ndya bə nə̀ ngrə-məkwε.||Fighting within the household is done with the elbows. (Infighting within siblings should never be done fiercely)|
|13||Ǹdya tə̀ sa’anə̀ bə awε̌ ŋu.||A family with no quarrels is the absence of people. (Said as a consolation to a family or group of people who are quarrelling or fighting)|
|14||Àbwo bikàkǝ̌ ntsù adàŋə̀ dàŋə nku’u.||An empty hand never goes to the mouth. (Said when someone needs a reward for a service or when someone has to feed on what is available and not what he likes)|
|15||Ə̀tyə bya boŋə nchya zi mo’o.||Two heads are better than one. (We need to journey or reason with others for we are not perfect)|
|16||O tə tòŋə akù’u ò zə̂ ǹjya zhi za’a.||See the achu’u soup first before boring it. (Foresee before embarking on any project)|
|17||“Mə̀ nkə̀ la zhi” ǹtsə̀mə zoŋə bə ndzə̀̀mə̀.||“Had I known” is always the last. (Said when an omission brings negative results)|
|18||Mə̀tànə ŋù bə nə̀li zhi.||A man’s choice is his eyes. (Said when one has to make a personal choice or decision.)|
|19||Ndyâ bikàkə nə bǝ̀ nshwe.||A house cannot burn with people inside. (A problem can’t go unresolved when people are present.)|
|20||A ka mətanə kə ghə o kə mbəŋə nə ala’a shu’u.||If you can’t go to the market don’t wish the rain on people. (Do not sabotage if you are not talking part in something)|
|21||Tə zhi ntsǝ̀mǝ̀ mbu’u.||An innocent person is in God’s grace. (Said when someone is not guilty of something or is accused when he/she is not guilty)|