Weekend’s Humor: Buukee’s Funeral Get-together By Yero Jallow *Buukee –Wollof term for wolf. Buukee had a funeral. It was Buukee’s mother that died this time around. While the smaller animals jubilated over the passing of their predator, Buukee wept nonstop in crocodile tears. It was an opportunity for him to have all the fat goats to himself. “All the fat goats will be mine. Deny the fact who can?” he would cry. Buukee organized the mother’s funeral get-together and invited neighbors. He sacrificed the fattest of the goats and brought the meat before the gathering. At first, the visiting neighbors too expected some share of the meat as is the norm but suspicious of Buukee’s nature. Soon Buukee would hatch a plan. Buukee divided the meat into three portions. He said: “Bee-pur buukee” (The first portion belongs to Buukee); “Bee-pur kuu yaayam dei” (The second portion belongs to the one that lost the mother); “Bee-kuu jehkah gheeroh” (The third portion belongs to the one that first lay hands on it.” Before Buukee completed his last statement, he already had his hands on the third portion. Oh, well…the first share goes to Buukee. The second share goes to the one that lost the mother and that is none but Buukee again. The third share goes to the first to lay hands on it and Buukee already had his fingers on it. The others animals held their mouths in amusement again and with sealed lips, left the scene of the get-together without complaining for fear of being Buukee’s next victims.
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