Bella is an innocent princess orphaned at birth and living with her adopted mother, a very wicked and evil Queen.

The Queen secretly harbors the fear that Bella is going to be more beautiful than her. Thus, she decides to enquire from her magicians as to who is the “Most Beautiful of them all.

“Everytime, she throws the cowries and the gourds, they reveal to her that the person lives right under her roof.

The Queen decides to force Bella to work as a maid and asks her Magic Mirror daily “who is the most beautiful one of all”. For several years the magicians answer that the girl living with her as her daughter is the one.

One day, she invited all the magicians of the land to tell her about the most beautiful of them all.

The magicians afraid of the consequences of their revelations decided to say just the opposite that the Queen is the most beautiful of them all.

The Queen was so happy. She gave each magician, ten goats, twenty yam tubers and cassava.

As soon as the magicians depart the Queen, one of the magicians would rather be on the side of the truth and be at peace with the gods than pay lip service to the Queen. He said:

“Bella is the most beautiful of them all.” The envious Queen gave an order that the magician be stoned to death or banned from the land forever.

She also orders that Bella be taken into the faraway forrest and killed. Another command came that after killing Bella, Bella’s head be brought to her as a testimony that she has been killed.

The Kingsmen could not bring themselves to kill an innocent and orphaned child.

They adviced Bella to disappear into the forrest and to never return to the land informing her of the order that the Queen gave them.

They adviced Bella to: “Run into the dark forrest and never look back.”

Highly frightened, and confused, the princess ran into the thick rainforest.

The night was getting darker every moment and with every step.

Bella became hungry and sat down hours later under a tree. She was too weak to walk nor run.

It started to rain. And the night got darker with the moon looking very tiny up in the sky.

Thunder and lightning struck just at the time Bella was about to be overtaken by sleep under a tall Baobab tree.

Suddenly, a Rhinoceros appeared out of blues. Bella highly unfamiliar with the forrest began to run.

However, she observed that the Rhino was bleeding and unable to run after her. She stooped running and stopped but she remembered what the magicians have told her not to ever look back.

Bella was between the devil and the deep blue-sea. Look back she must, Bella decides.

Bella brought out her head gear and tied the wound from where the Rhino was bleeding.

She rubbed the Rhino’s head to provide him with some comfort. Minutes later, the Rhino has fallen asleep. And dawn was approaching.

Bella quietly, lifted the Rhino’s hand from her shoulder and tried to run for her life for fear of being hunted by the Queen.

She heard the footsteps of some creatures. She tapped on the Rhino’s shoulder to waken him so they could flee to safety.

The Rhino bent down and gestured Bella to climb its back. She did cautious of touching its wounded leg. They started moving far into the dense forrest.

Several hours later, Bella and the Rhino reached a dessert. The sun was at its peak, and the winds were blowing from the westward direction lifting her long beautiful Ankara gown. She observed that the Rhino looked away.

As they journeyed on towards a water-like body, Bella was thirsty but the closer they got the more distant the water-like body seemed.

It was actually a reflection of the rays from the sun disguised as water (mirage).

Bella and the Rhino found an isolated house deep in the shores of the land.

The house belongs to some short-natured creatures (pigmies). They found their way through the main entrance into the sitting room. There seems to be no one in the house.

In the house was a solar-powered refrigerator, inside which is a bread made of wheat, a cassava tuber, and neem leaves.

The house looked unkempt and empty. Suddenly, they heard the snoring sound of a human like figure except for its dwarf-nature.

The hut actually is home to eleven small natured beings each about 20-30mm tall. The pigmies namely Malos, Yanga, Kolo, Mwada, Kanye, Juwul, Madu, Hagu, Manya, Sauri, and Godiya all go to the farm to work and earn a stipend. They live as slaves with no rights as their fellow human counterparts and no access to any medical or health facilities.

The pigmies returned home and found that their home has a human element to it. They have been at war with their fellow humans for lack of freedom. They all brought out their knives, cutlasses, hoes and sticks. But saw an innocent, younfg girl attending to a hurt Rhino.

She quickly introduced herself and her friend the Rhino. Her friend was fast asleep. One of the pigmies touched the Rhino’s head and felt that it has a high temperature beyond the room temperature.

The pigmies quickly disarmed and welcomed Bella into their home which now look sparkingly clean. Evert day, Bella prepares food for the pigmies and cleans the house while the Rhino ensures their safety and security from any intruding force.

While the pigmies go out farming at day, they all sing and dance nice African rhythms at night until sleep finally overtakes them.

Back in the land, although the magicians have delivered a fake head of Bella, she refuses to have a restful mind. The gourds and the cowries always reveal to her that Bella is alive and is still the most beautiful of them all.

 

Will the Queen find Bella? What will she do?

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The night was getting darker every moment and with every step.

Bella became hungry and sat down hours later under a tree. She was too weak to walk nor run.

It started to rain. And the night got darker with the moon looking very tiny up in the sky.

Thunder and lightning struck just at the time Bella was about to be overtaken by sleep under a tall Baobab tree.

Suddenly, a Rhinoceros appeared out of blues. Bella highly unfamiliar with the forrest began to run.

However, she observed that the Rhino was bleeding and unable to run after her. She stooped running and stopped but she remembered what the magicians have told her not to ever look back.

Bella was between the devil and the deep blue-sea. Look back she must, Bella decides.

Bella brought out her head gear and tied the wound from where the Rhino was bleeding.

She rubbed the Rhino’s head to provide him with some comfort. Minutes later, the Rhino has fallen asleep. And dawn was approaching.

Bella quietly, lifted the Rhino’s hand from her shoulder and tried to run for her life for fear of being hunted by the Queen.

She heard the footsteps of some creatures. She tapped on the Rhino’s shoulder to waken him so they could flee to safety.

The Rhino bent down and gestured Bella to climb its back. She did, cautious of touching its wounded leg. They started moving far into the dense forrest.

 

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