There was once a young man named Wagacharaibu, who lived in Kenya. He grew up in a small hut with his sister, M'weru where they raised goats and maintained land. 

Wagacharaibu was a very popular man in his town, with beautiful long hair that fell past his waist. The women in town loved Wagacharaibu, and would often occupy his time so much that he could never be home. 

This made M'weru very lonely, for she was more timid than most and could not easily make friends. One day three men came into M'werus home and told her if she was alone the next day that they were going to kidnap her. 

As soon as Wagacharaibu came home that night, a frightened M'weru told him what had taken place. Wagacharaibu scoffed at her and told her to stop making up such outlandish stories. The next day he left and was gone the whole day while M'weru stayed home alone. 

At this time the three men came and grabbed the terrified M'weru and carried her across the mountains. At night, when Wagacharaibu came home the house was empty and still, he looked outside and he heard a distant crying. M'wery was crying "Wagacharaibu, men have come and carried me away. 


African proverbs The Story of Brother & Sister

 Go into the hut, you will find gruel in the stool" Wagacharaibu quickly tore out across the fields, looking everywhere he could for his beloved sister. He traveled for a month, and he became very hungry. He ate some leather, which sustained him, and then he traveled for a whole year, searching everywhere for M'weru. 

At the end of a several years Wagacharaibu was starving with hunger, and a woman took him in to give him food. The next day Wagacharaibu went out into the fields with the woman's son and chased away the birds from the grain. 

As he chased them away he said "Fly away, fly away, little bird, like M'weru has flown away, never to be seen anymore." The little boy listened inquisitively, and at the end of the day went home to tell his mother what Wagacharaibu had said. The next day the mother followed Wagacharaibu into the field and listened to him say the same "Fly away, fly away, little bird, like M'weru has flown away, never to be seen anymore." 

The woman's name was M'weru, and she asked "Why do you say those words to the birds?" And he said, "I once had a sister named M'weru, and she was lost, and I have followed her many months and years, but I have never seen her again." 

And the woman put her hand over her eyes and wept, for she was indeed his sister, and she said, "Are you truly my brother?" for she had not recognized him, so changed he was by his long travels, and she said "Truly your hair is unkempt and your clothes are not as they were, and I did not know you, but you shall be once more dressed as in time past, and I shall see if you are my very brother Wagacharaibu." And Wagacharaibu was brought a maiden and a hut, and him and M'weru raised twenty goats and lived together till the end of their days.