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Zama omusemba Zama is great!

Written by Michael Oguttu

Illustrated by Vusi Malindi

Translated by Auhe Tjaveondja

Language Herero

Level Level 2

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Okatena kandje kerara olata.

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


Ami ngumbijandjera omutenya.

I am the one who lets in the sun.


“Ove okanyose kandje komuhuka omunene,” Mama utjanao.

“You’re my morning star,” says Ma.


Mbirikoha omuni eyuva arihe, hihepa ombatero.

I wash myself, I don’t need any help.


Hina kuwari kutja omeva omatarazu, po oheva ondjo omburau yokukoha ozomband.

I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.


Mama undji zemburukisa, “Ozembi omayo woye.”

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


Tjimbazu nokurikoha, mbikorisa tate munene na tandaa.

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


Kuzambo erihukike omuni.

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


Menene okupata ozombandi zandje omuni no kukuta ozondjatate zandje.

I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.


Mbitara nawa kutja okatena kandje maketjiua ombuze kuzira kosikore.

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


Metuwo romerihongero mbikondja pumejenene momuano auhe.

In class I do my best in every way.


Mbitjita ovina oviwa mbi eyuva arihe.

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


Written by: Michael Oguttu
Illustrated by: Vusi Malindi
Translated by: Auhe Tjaveondja
Language: Herero
Level: Level 2
Source: Zama is great! from African Storybook
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