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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Amani Kinship Stone African Folktale

Amani Kinship Stone of Efia and Fola African Folktale



In Arua, the entrance to the Barifa Forest lays a stone. The stone is known all over the village, for each time it is removed from its resting place by strangers, it returns to the same spot. Why it wanders in this strange manner, nobody knows, but why it stands there is a folktale known to all in the village.
Efia and Fola Peace Stone African Folktale

As the elders say, two young village women, Efia and Fola were working on the edge of the village for a rich farmer who was known to be quite cheap. The farmer was anxious to get his crops in while the good weather lasted, so he promised to increase the pay of the women if they worked twice as hard as last week. At this promise Efia and Fola eagerly labored, but at the end of the week instead of paying them as he promised, the farmer instead gave to Efia two loaves of bread, while to Fola he gave but one.

On their way home, Fola began to argue with Efia that she worked the hardest and she should have all of the bread, saying, “Efia you are greedy! You only worked hard when the farmer was watching, while I worked hard the entire time!” Efia said “No Fola! It is I who worked hard; you talked more than you worked!”


At last, the argument grew so hot that the two women began to attack each other. They fought with sticks, striking and piercing each other until they fell down and died, there they were buried. Over them was placed a peace stone by the Chief as a reminder to his village when we have no peace, we have forgotten that we belong to each other. 

( Amani Kinship Stone African Folktale )

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