Babu Stories: The Thief’s Hand

Babu, whose given name is Donald Zakao, is a storyteller living in Wamba, Kenya. Babu means “grandfather.” Donald has been called “Babu” since he was four years old. A gifted story teller, “The Thief’s Hand,” is a good example of his craft. You will find several other of his stories at my YouTube channel. These were recorded in the late 1990s. I am preparing a volume of Babu’s stories. Violent! Yes.

This is an image of a typical “Manyatta” where most Samburu live. This story stakes place in a village, like Wamba, or Lodomoque.

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