|Adventures of Goli (Monitor Publications, 1998, 50 p.)|
It was Api, Goli's youngest brother who first saw the two travellers entering the village from the south. As soon as he recognized him, Api let out a yell and run off to welcome his brother. Goli was equally excited. He got hold of the young boy and threw him several times high up in the air.
Who is this mama? Api asked pointing at Busingye, after all the excitement had subsided.
This is Busingye my wife Goli replied. She is a gift given to me by the chief of chiefs of the Banyoro people.
Soon the entire village was aware that Goli had at last returned home. Many of the villagers had long lost hope that he would ever return, for he had been away for so many months. Word also went around that Goli had returned home with a very beautiful bride. This news brought the entire village to his father's homestead, which soon became filled with a large number of curious people. Goli sat outside his father's hut, basking in the glow of the numerous admiring eyes. He was still too tired to narrate the difficulties of his journey and so he requested his father to tell his admirers to allow him to rest so that he would be in a position to tell his experiences to the whole village.
The journey back to Adjumani had had many difficulties for Goli. To begin with his walking speed had been greatly reduced because Busingye was still a young girl and she could hardly cope with his normal speed. Several times a day they had to rest and have refreshments. They had travelled almost halfway between the land of the Banyoro and their destination when a great problem befell them.
Api was the first to see the two travellers.
Busingye was a delicate child who was not used to jungle life. She soon fell very ill. To make it worse, they were quite far from any village and so Goli had to become a medicineman. He also had to take time and build a temporary shelter for his patient in the middle of the jungle and to hunt for the necessary herbs and roots.
Finally, owing to Goli's loving and tender care, Busingye had slowly recovered from the illness and regained full strength. It was only then that they were able to continue with their journey. By then more than one month had passed and Goli was certain that the people of Adjumani had long given up the hope of his return.
Everybody in the village was happy to see Goli again.
When finally the compound had been cleared of all the curious listeners, Goli and Busingye had a heavy meal after which they retired to Goli's hut for the good rest they had missed for many days. As soon as they had closed their eyes, they drifted off to dreamland with wide smiles on their faces.