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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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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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Maasai- OLTATUANI (The Giants)

written by: Andrew ole Nkong’oni Etii apa enkanasa sapuk oleng olmaasai. Neitobir ninche emanyatta sapuk nemany ilmareita kumok oleng. Neiriwaa ninche ilmurran lenye meshomo enjore. Nemayian iltasati kituak tenebo oloiboni leina manyatta ilmurran lenye nepuo ilmurran enjero. Ore eshomo nkoling’i … Continue reading

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Maasai Proverbs

Collected by:  African proverbs,Sayings and stories (visit to read proverbs explanation)   1.  Ainyoo pee iton enaa enkitok nayamishe?      Why do you behave like a woman whose son has just gotten married? 

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Luyia proverbs

Collected by:  African proverbs,Sayings and stories (visit to read proverbs explanation)   1. Akakhura keetsa inyungu ebuleka.     Beer that will spoil ferments unequally. 2. Imbwa inzifu yemanya.     A thieving dog knows itself. 

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Maasai – Eneimua enkiteng’ (The origin of cattle)

Collected by: Maika Soit 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 niyoki aitobir enkang’ sepuk oleng’. Ore ake peyie indip nikilotu aliki”. Ore … Continue reading

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Nandi Proverbs

Collected by:  African proverbs,Sayings and stories (visit to read proverbs explanation)   1. Makiume sasurwet ak kebet.    You cannot use a wild banana leaf to shield yourself from the rains and then tear it to   pieces later when the … Continue reading

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Kuria Proverbs

Collected by:  African proverbs,Sayings and stories (visit to read proverbs explanation)   1. Hano wangere iyomokoro oregeenda bwiire.    If you refuse the advice of an elder you will walk until sunset.  2. Ng’ora, ng’ora, kirunguri kekuya gokerandi.     Slowly, slowly, … Continue reading

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Bukusu proverbs

Collected by:  African proverbs,Sayings and stories (visit to read proverbs explanation)   1.  Omukekhe na akhetuya saria khukeenda taa.      A child (young person) does not fear treading on dangerous ground until he or she       gets hurt … Continue reading

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Gusii proverbs

Collected by:  African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories  (visit to read proverbs explanations) 1.  Totiana maseta, gwatiana masetoka.      Do not boast about yourself before performing an event, but after the event.  2.  Binto mbikone: sasati eibora mache, rosana rwaibora … Continue reading

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