by Deogratias Simba

An illustrated translation of the Swahili tale Lango la Ajabu. In the story, the Mtemi, the king of Kabende, a small country town along Lake Tanganyika, realises that he has become too old to lead his people. One of his two sons will succeed him to the throne. But first the successor must pass the tests imposed by the customs and traditions of the Wabende people. The first-born son, Mosi, is a great fisherman, an excellent fighter but full of arrogant self-pride. The younger son, Sankuta, is also a great fighter, though quieter, more generous, and respectful of and respected by the big and the small people alike. Which son will be considered to have the right qualities to become the new Mtemi and lead the people?


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