Category Archives: African stories

Maasai – NTOYIE ENKUNG’U (The girls of the knee)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Netii apa, netii ele payian. Ore nabo olong’ nenutayu enkitok enye. Ore ele payian, anaa empukunoto enye, naa keiba tenedol enkitok enye eton ayeng’iyeng’a. … Continue reading

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Maasai – OLMORUO OULU O EMINTILIS (The greedy old man and the sausage)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Netii apa, netii ele moruo. Nelo aparan enkang’ enkaputi. Ore peyie ebaya ang’ ejing’ enkaji enkaputani. Neinepu etii emintilisi enkima o kulie kiri nemetii … Continue reading

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Maasai – EMAYIAN (Blessing)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai)   Oo duo kitotoni, naai nchoo yiook kitoni, Naai Tenikinya endaa, iloinosa oloing’uaitie, metareto yiook, Naai Metareto ilpayiani enaisho, Naai Ilootooko o loing’uaitie, Naai … Continue reading

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Otammari – OTÃMMARI KÓ IDIWÙA (food staple of the Otammari)

Written by: Krepɛ̃ɛ̃ N’hɑ̃naba     1. Ipuaka/ ipɔ́ɔni, taténtenta, dipɔɔwùã 2. Tiyoòti:      ↘ Yayomaàta  ↘ Yakpã́mmùa (yatãmma kũmaà)  ↘ Yakpã́mpĩ̀ã (yɛwã kṹmaà)   ↘ Yanɔ: Sinɔ̀sua, yɛyonnɔ̀, tinɔ̀pɛ́ɛti…   ↘ Yamariyɔ   ↘ Yɛkotɛ́nkò   ↘ Yayìɛba   … Continue reading

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Maasai – OLMORUO OTARA KEON TIORRONDO OYIARA (The greedy man who almost went hungry)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Netii apa, netii ele moruo, nelo nkang’itie. Nelo abaya eitipilitaa enkolong’. Nejo: “Koree nkajijik olporror lang’? Neutakini. Nejing’ duo enkaji natijing’a. Neinepu emoti natii … Continue reading

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Maasai – ENKIJUKA Ole Pere (Praise song of Ole Pere)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai)   Entasupa lomurran – Ipa (Others) Aikiyiololo toi ninye anaa aimikiyiololo Mikiyiolo iyie (Others) Mikiyiololo amu nanu oshi eji Ole Kores Ololong’ olgisoi oibung’a … Continue reading

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Otammari – Tɛhòntɛ nɛ Dic̀ɛri (The rabbit and the frog)

Written by: Krepɛ̃ NHÃNABA      Tɛhòntɛ nɛ̀ dicɛ̀ri dɛɛ̀ do cɛ̃n dɛ tɔbɛ mufòmmù miɛ̃kɛ. Kɛ́bennɛ kɛ bo yà wèè tú Mpo kɛ́bantɛ taàkà.      Tɛhòntɛ tɛɛ̀ do cɛ̃n dicɛ̀ri, kɛ́ di senkuri sɔmm̀a; kɛ́ yí n di … Continue reading

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Hadza – Iyeye and the Butterfly’s medicine

Written by: Gudo  Mahiya  (G.G. Bala)  [for English translation see his book Hadza Stories & Songs] With special thanks to Mustafa Ahmed Elmi and Hagit Gefen |’ets’a dzua. Baheyamo pa’a nakwete. Akanabe ma Iyeyeya.  Bamiya pa’a nakwete, ‘ashapo sa manako, ‖a‖a‖a  … Continue reading

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Maasai – IRREPETA ESIANKIKI (Young women song)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai)   Etukusho olmoruo tiauluo Neyau enkushoto oltiren Akiti enkushoto olpayian lai Mirra ilmoru le nkima Amu iyie otiaaka oloo Namerae Ino irraga enkaji e … Continue reading

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Maasai – IRREPETA E SAETUAN

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai)   Nkuapi naamanya iltiyan lang’ Ino nkena mincho kilang’ Oyiayio hoo laleyio ehoyiaayio {chorus} Emanya ole kipuri owuasa Le ng’oto Nakae Ilmotioo Nemanya ilmeori … Continue reading

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