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Zana dey great! Zama is great! Zama est formidable !

Written by Michael Oguttu

Illustrated by Vusi Malindi

Translated by Anthonia Ujene

Language Nigerian Pidgin

Level Level 2

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My small brother sabi sleep well well. I dey quick get up as bigger boy!

My little brother sleeps very late. I wake early, because I am great!

Mon petit frère dort très tard. Je me réveille tôt, parce que je suis formidable !

Na me dey let sun enter inside.

I am the one who lets in the sun.

Je suis celle qui laisse entrer le soleil.

You be my shine shine bobo mama go say.

“You’re my morning star,” says Ma.

« Tu es mon étoile du matin, » me dit maman.

I sabi bath mysef nobody dey help me.

I wash myself, I don’t need any help.

Je me lave, je n’ai pas besoin d’aide.

I no dey fear cold water and blue soap wen dey smell

I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.

Je peux m’adapter à de l’eau froide et du savon bleu malodorant.

Mama go say no forget your teeth o! I go tell am say no shaking.

Ma reminds, “Don’t forget teeth.” I reply, “Never, not me!”

Maman me rappelle, « N’oublie pas tes dents. » Je réponds, « Jamais, pas moi ! »

Wen I don bath finish, I go salute grandpapa and aunty, and tell dem say make today beta oo.

After washing, I greet Grandpa and Auntie, and wish them a good day.

Après m’être lavée, j’accueille grand-papa et tantine et je leur souhaite une bonne journée.

Den I go wear my cloth by myself, “I tell mama say I be bigger boy.

Then I dress myself, “I’m big now Ma,” I say.

Ensuite, je m’habille, « Je suis grande maintenant maman, » dis-je.

I fit do my buttons and tie my shoe.

I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.

Je peux attacher mes boutons et boucler mes chaussures.

I dey tell my small brother all the gist from school.

And I make sure little brother knows all the school news.

Et je m’assure que mon petit frère connaît toutes les nouvelles de l’école.

For school, I dey try as my power gree me

In class I do my best in every way.

En classe je fais de mon mieux de toutes les façons possibles.

I dey do plenty things everyday. But na play I like pass.

I do all these good things every day. But the thing I like most, is to play and play!

Je fais toutes ces bonnes choses chaque jour. Mais la chose que j’aime le mieux, c’est de jouer et jouer encore!

Written by: Michael Oguttu
Illustrated by: Vusi Malindi
Translated by: Anthonia Ujene
Language: Nigerian Pidgin
Level: Level 2
Source: Zama is great! from African Storybook
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