03 July 2011

The Revenge of Kamalaza Mayele by Vukani G. Nyirenda

“When is that mambo of ours going to open the partying season,” grumbled Kamalaza Mayele while at Chitenje; the men’s gathering place. “We ground our millet three weeks ago, more millet is in the storage bins, and still the women’s grinding stones lie unused.”

This story has been selected for the annual StoryTime anthology African Roar 2012, please go to the African Roar site for more info.

The Revenge of Kamalaza Mayele was written by Vukani G. Nyirenda.

Copyright © Vukani G. Nyirenda 2011.

Vukani G. Nyirenda is a freelance writer. A specialist in children’s folktales, though he also writes for adults. After graduating with a Doctor of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he worked in his home country, Zambia, as university lecturer, administrator and civil servant. He is also a graduate of Long Ridge Writers Group, the Institute of Children’s Literature and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He has published two children’s illustrated books and his short stories have appeared in several children’s magazines and newspapers. He lives in Los Angeles with his three grown up children and five grandchildren. He can be reached at vukanin26(at)gmail(dot)com


Mama Shujaa said...

An interesting story. I wanted more of a revenge for Kamalaza at the outset, but upon contemplation I felt that his revenge was sweet enough. I was just as 'tasty' as the beer he passed off as excellent. The story itself a nice taste of the cultural practices,I enjoyed it. Thanks.

Kiru Taye said...

A fun story and nice insight into Zambian culture.
Thank you for sharing.

Kalemba said...

Thank you Mama Shujaa,for the nice comment. Actually, Kamalaza Mayele (mayele means tricks)is a sbtle character, always playing it safe. He had to be cautious lest his own intentions were known.

Kalemba said...

Thank you Kiru Taye.I am glad you saw the "fun" in the story. Kamalaza is an entertainer above all else.

David Katete said...

This is a good insight into the real social life of the village setting. How I wish the plot continued. The story leaves a lot to my imagination.

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