Category Archives: African stories

Hadza – Tl’akwe Nakwiko ( The young girl)

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 dzu’a, yeta Hadzabe, ba’ala’usha. Hadzabe’e  ba’ala’oshana n‖ahehepe’e tsikipa’ona. Bahe’e’akwa tl’akwe  nakwiko ‘ichameyako … Continue reading

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Maasai – Eneimua enkiteng’ (The origin of cattle)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Ore apa tiapa nemeeta apa Ilmaasai nkishu. Ore nabo olong’, neipot Naiteru-kop Maasainta, aa ninye apa oltung’ani oiterie Naiteru-kop enkop, nejoki: “Maasinta lai, ayieu … Continue reading

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Konso – KARRAA KA KOSKORTA (The Squirrel and the partridge)

Written by: Dinote Kusia Shenkere          Edited by: Dr. Ongaye Oda Orkaydo Xattaa ki’ni ka, Karraa ka Koskorta ka qeedinee ki’ni ka akkamaa leya kara’e pishaa ikiyaa diissata ettanissa akkissaa’e olliny nyarin. Akoddituma, Karraa qootaa ilattayta kodday mallaa, … Continue reading

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Yeyi – Okoro No Onshuru (The Hare and the Hornbill)

Told by: Dumelang Otimilwe Written in ShiYei by Oscar Lebopamo With special thanks to Marlene Sullivan Winberg and Willemien le Roux (For English translation see the great book: The STORYTELLER, Folktales from the Kalahari desert and the Okavango River in … Continue reading

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Hadza – Minyagalu  (The big Giraffe)

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      Baheyamo  |’ets’a  yeta  akakanebe.  Hakamo  ‖a‖achana pa’a nakwete ‘ichame  n‖akafena.  Kwamo haka … Continue reading

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Maasai – Enkikurrukur o nkaitin (Thunder and the Gods)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Eetae apa nkaitin are: enkai narok o enkai nanyokie. Naa ore ena ai narok naa kebor, naa supat oleng’ nenyor iltung’ana. Kake ore enkai … Continue reading

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Konso – ILQIMAYTA NAMA (The wise man)

Written by: Dinote Kusia Shenkere    Edited by: Dr. Ongaye Oda Orkaydo Iki’nee, xattaayye, piita takkayye, aappaa takka ilqimayta a kokkookaa ki’ni. Harmu’een ilqimayta ki’ni. Takkanne, Ilqimaytasi orrasi paleetayshupp oppa kalu’e kidayee, “Aana ka saa awwi dalay kelaayye innnayyaa aannaa qapa’e … Continue reading

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Konso – KAHARTA KA TALTEETA (The sheep and the she-goat)

Written by: Dinote Kusia Shenkere        Edited by: Dr. Ongaye Oda Orkaydo     Xattaayye, hellaa aappaa ka ahatan qapinee’e oli hemay ka ollin kallaanni. Tooleeyyee, Kaharta ka Talteetaa qapanee ki’ni. Oo kayteeyyee, takkaate, orran firumsannaa kidin ka jaqaa … Continue reading

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Yeyi – Morombwana No-o Dimwe (The Giant and the Young Boy)

Told by; Poneso Mwamo          Written in ShiYei by Oscar Lebopamo With special thanks to Marlene Sullivan Winberg and Willemien le Roux (For English translation see the great book: The STORYTELLER, Folktales from the Kalahari desert and … Continue reading

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Konso – Innayya a Kaharta ka innayya a Qayranta (The lamb and the cub of the leopard)

Written by: Dinote Kusia Shenkere          Edited by Dr. Ongaye Oda Orkaydo Innayya a Kaharta ka Innayya a Qayranta’e ollin moottummi ka ollin kahanni. Umma toollaassu inupan. Urta takkaayye, a ollin kahanne nakayin kammaayye tikkaassupa kalin ka toollaassutil lelin. Innayya a … Continue reading

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