The name “Zimbabwe” is derived from two words from the Shona language dzimba’ (menaing ‘houses’) and ‘mabwe’ (meaning ‘stones’) and can be translated into English as ‘Big houses of stones’ or ‘honourable houses’. Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Rhodesia (named after South African businessman Cecil Rhodes).
The King of the African Jungle – A Zimbabwean Tale
When one fine, sunny day the Lion felt rather strong and wanted to test his prowess. As he went about the African jungle with thick canopying trees, the Lion met the Monkey, stopped and asked him: “Who is the King of the jungle?” The Monkey bowed and answered “You Sire.”
Feeling proud and reassured, the Lion saw the Hyena and repeated the question to the Hyena who again confirmed that, indeed, the Lion was the King of the jungle.
The Lion then noticed the Elephant, two stories high. Resting under the shed of a Mopani tree, chewing cud. “Who is the King of the jungle?” the Lion briskly demanded of the Elephant. Before the Lion could finish asking the question, the Elephant swooped the Lion off its feet and threw it against the Mopani tree.
Before the Lion could shake his senses back, the Elephant picked him up again and beat him against a rock.
The Lion managed to extricate itself from the powerful grip of the Elephant’s trunk, stood at a distance and said: “No, no, no, you do not have to be so nasty and violent just because you do not know the answer.”
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town