Category Archives: Tanzania

Maasai – ENKOIPAPAAI AI – ASHERA OONYORRA (The two brothers who were friends)

 Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Netii apa, netii kuna ayiok are naag’ar menye. Naa kenyorra apa kuna ayiok imeor toki. Neyeu ng’otonye enkayioni nabo neeku enkaini e ng’otonye naing’orita. … Continue reading

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Maasai – OLMURRANI OSHOMO ENKOP ENKAI (The warrior who went to god’s country)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Netii apa, nepuo ilmurran enjore, nedung’o olmurrani enamuke nejo: “Lomurran entaanyuaki.” Nejoki ilkulikae: “Nchoo kianyu olesiadi.” Naa kejoki ake ilkulikae metaanyu nejokini: “Nchoo kianyu … Continue reading

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Sukuma – MONGO NA MBULA (The river and the rain)

Collected by: Don Sybertz, with special thanks to Rev Joe Healey  (African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories) for English translation look at Sukuma Legacy   Aho kale umongo ni mbula jigihalalika. Umongo gugigimba na gundalaha umuna Mbula, na gung’wila, “Lolaga umo … Continue reading

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Maasai – NKERA OLNG’ABOLI (The Children of the Fig tree)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Etii apa entasat nemeeta olmoruo nemeeta sii nkera. Ninye ake openy tenkaji enye. Nenya apa eliyio oleng’ nelau enias. Nejo nabo olong’, “Kadumunye taata … Continue reading

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Maasai – IRREPETA E MOPOI (love song by Mopoi)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai)   Kaji kirrepieki ololtibili Meishoru enkolong’ olpurkel Mikirrepi te saa sita Nailiarie oladalu nkishu Nimikirrepi etadoyie enkolong’ Meya irrepeta oldalati Enkolong’ ake nalotu ene … Continue reading

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Maasai – ILMAO LO OLNOOS (The twins of the drum)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Netii apa, netii ele payian oota nkituaak are. Naa olupi apa enkitok nabo neeta enkae inkera kumok. Nebik tenebo enkata naado. Naa keisinanuo apa … Continue reading

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Maasai – OLMURRANI O ENTURKULU (The warrior and the dove)

Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Netii apa nepuo ilmuram enjore. Nepuo aalau nkishu. Nerikito apa kulo murran ildiain imiet. Ore eshukunye niaku keya esumash. Neji ekeyieng’i oldia obo aanya. … Continue reading

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Maasai – Esiankiki o enkukuu (The Young woman and an Ogre)

 Written by: Dr. Naomi Kipuri  (For English translation see her great book: Oral Literature of the Maasai) Neti apa, netii ena siankiki natopolosari. Neutaa ele duo murrani olo apolosakino, neliki enkoitoi naaim. Nejoki: “Nchoo taa ake peyie eoro nkoitoi tadamayu tatene”. … Continue reading

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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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