The Great Storm

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During those times when darkness covered the eyes of African dwellers_ when there had been no contact with the outside world, there live two brothers in the middle of Eastern Africa, they were by name, Mtetwa and Mosashu. After their mother had given birth to them, weaned them, they served as apprentice fishermen with Dingiswayo, a famous fisherman on the shore of Lake Victoria. The only time they get to see their mother is during the celebrations of the initiation ceremony designed for male children who had come into the age of becoming responsible into adulthood.

The initiation process into manhood is the pride of the people of East Africa. Boys are circumcised and would have to walk some distance on hot coal while they still go through the pains of circumcision. Mosashu and Mtetwa were always happy to witness this celebration.

On one of their journeys back home to celebrate the initiation ceremonies, their boat capsized under a heavy current of storm and swept them to different part of the world.

Mosashu survived the storm but found himself in the midst of white people. He thought he was in the land of angels since he have not in his entire life set his eye on people with white pigment. The people spoke in some strange language other than Swahili. Many thoughts ran through his mind as he slept in the hospital bed with some kind of pipes passed through his veins. He became restless and started speaking to himself:

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Baba zangu, tafadhali usiende kulala angalau watu hawa weupe hula. Mlinde ndugu yangu Mtetwa tunajikuta hivi karibuni.

Baba zangu, tafadhali huu ni wakati wa kuonyesha na kusaidia to.

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My ancestors, please don't go to sleep least these white people devour. Keep my brother Mtetwa we find ourselves soon.

My ancestors, please this is time to show forth and help a descendant.

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Mtetwa wasn't as lucky as Moshashu. The storm swept him to the shores of the Congo River. This happened to be the period when some gold merchant invaded the land and barricaded the young people to work in gold mind. After he had been resuscitated, Mtetwa was sent to the gold mine to excavate the gold with other laborers.

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They had to work twelve hours a day with very little food. It was another class of slavery. An attempt to escape from the mine is death. But since his arrival, Mtetwa had planned an escape through the sea since he could swim a long distance.

A few days after he had resumed the mining camp, other camp slaves noticed his ruggedness and resoluteness not to be used like someone who has no descent. Five of the camp workers walked up to him and share their feeling about the attitude of the gold merchants have been forcing them to unpaid hard labor He shared his thought of escape through swimming across the sea, they were too timid, they refused to join in the escape plan but promised to keep their mouth shut.

As the work in the gold mine the next morning, Mtetwa found a goldstone and hid it under his tongue. It was time he perfect his plan. As the sun sets when they are expected to return to their hostel, he stayed back in the shack till dark. The soldiers who guarded the mine had lowered their braise, then he sneaked to the shore and silently swam down the sea bed and sailed southward. He had swum for hours and came to an island with a ship harbor. He contemplated hiding in one of the ships or going into the small island. He settled with the former. The ship sailed to the coast of Spain. After settling down with some fishermen on the coast as a deckhand, Mtetwa sold the gold stone he hid under his tongue, bought a fishing trolley, and started his fishing line.

It happened that Mosashu was in the northern part of Spain. The name of his brother started to ring a bell.

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In a nutshell, the two brothers reunited and they found their way back home to bring light to the people of Eastern Africa. Lake Victoria welcomed them back home to a large feast. They made traders begin to consider trading with the people and the place became a commercial nerve of the whole region due to the activities of the two brothers. Many young people also began to consider fishing as a career.



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Hello, @mrenglish
Some forms of your writing refer me directly to written forms of some ancient legends.

"During those times when darkness covered the eyes of African dwellers"

"After their mother had given birth to them, weaned them"

It's a pleasure to read these stories that take us to unknown scenarios.

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Thank you for posting this captivating story on @theinkwell, @mrenglish

It's a pleasure to see your interactions, with meaningful comments, with fellow writers. It keeps our community strong.

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The brothers certainly had some adventures! They were fortunate to be able to return to their homeland after everything they endured.

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I am glad the two brothers ended up re uniting.. What a great story.. I am so impressed with the determination of Mtetwa.. He was cleaver enough to know what to do. When there is a way, there is always a will.. Thanks for sharing this piece..

@dreemport directed me to your post

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Wow! Very interesting story which I enjoyed. Thank God after so many struggles, the two brothers came to be reunited again.
@dreemport led me here.

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An interesting story with good development, set against good historic context. I would have loved for the pace to have been maintained in the closing paragraph and for us to have understood how the brothers came to be reunited across the length and breadth of Spain. Also, the mention of Dingiswayo, is this meant to be a direct reference to THE DINGISWAYO, the famous Mthethwa Chief and King Shaka's mentor, or is it an analogous use of the namesake? I am curious :-) You have weaved in the name Mtetwa into the story very cleverly...what is the significance of the name Mosashu, as I could find no connection to Dingiswayo? I love learning new things :-) You kept me interested to the end. Nicely done. !PIZZA

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