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Hunguriva ne Ngororo Chicken and Millipede

Written by Winny Asara

Illustrated by Magriet Brink

Translated by Auhe Tjaveondja

Language Herero

Level Level 3

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Ohunguriva ne ngororo vari omapanga. Pozije aruhe vari no mbatasaneno.

Chicken and Millipede were friends. But they were always competing with each other. One day they decided to play football to see who the best player was.


Vaya korupare ro tjimbere na veutu nehore rao.

They went to the football field and started their game. Chicken was fast, but Millipede was faster. Chicken kicked far, but Millipede kicked further. Chicken started to feel grumpy.


Averipura kutja mave kaveta oujatja.

They decided to play a penalty shoot-out. First Millipede was goal keeper. Chicken scored only one goal. Then it was the chicken’s turn to defend the goal.


Engororo ariveta otjimbere nu atjihiti. Engororo ranyanda oupaze nu atjihiti. Engororo ratono otjimbere notjiuru atjihiti. Engororo rahitisa ovimbere avihe vitano.

Millipede kicked the ball and scored. Millipede dribbled the ball and scored. Millipede headed the ball and scored. Millipede scored five goals.


Ohuunguriva japindike tjinene navi kutja jatarua. Nu tjiri uari omupandjara omuvi navi.

Chicken was furious that she lost. She was a very bad loser. Millipede started laughing because his friend was making such a fuss.


Ohunguriva japindikire tjinene ai paturura otjinyo nu ai nina engororo.

Chicken was so angry that she opened her beak wide and swallowed the millipede.


Mondjira ohunguriva kujenda konganda, uahakaene kuna mama ue ngororo. Mama uengororo apura kutja, “Omuatje uandje uemunu pi?”

As Chicken was walking home, she met Mother Millipede. Mother Millipede asked, “Have you seen my child?” Chicken didn’t say anything. Mother Millipede was worried.


Mama ue ngororo uazuva okaraka okatiti.

Then Mother Millipede heard a tiny voice. “Help me mom!” cried the voice. Mother Millipede looked around and listened carefully. The voice came from inside the chicken.


Mama uengororo auru, “Unguriza otjijandjeua tjoye muatje uandje.”

Mother Millipede shouted, “Use your special power my child!” Millipedes can make a bad smell and a terrible taste. Chicken began to feel ill.


Ohunguriva aikotora otjize, anina no kotjeka omate. Kuzambo atye ombato no ku korora. No kukorora rukuao. Engororo aritjataa navi.

Chicken burped. Then she swallowed and spat. Then she sneezed and coughed. And coughed. The millipede was disgusting!


Ohunguriva jakorora nganda aikororo engororo nu aripiti.

Chicken coughed until she coughed out the millipede that was in her stomach. Mother Millipede and her child crawled up a tree to hide.


Okuza kotji kando tjo, ozohunguriva no mangororo oupanga uateka.

From that time, chickens and millipedes were enemies.


Written by: Winny Asara
Illustrated by: Magriet Brink
Translated by: Auhe Tjaveondja
Language: Herero
Level: Level 3
Source: Chicken and Millipede from African Storybook
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