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Shikondobolo naMbalangadja Chicken and Millipede

Written by Winny Asara

Illustrated by Magriet Brink

Translated by Nelly Ndafyaalako

Language Kwanyama

Level Level 3

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Shikondobolo naMbalangadja ovali ookaume vopofingo. Ashike ovali ve hole oku fiyafana po.

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.


Ova ya nee kokapale ketanga, tava hovele oku dana.

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.


Ova tokola nee oku lyata eepelendi. Tete Mbalangadja oye ngoo a ya mokoola.

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.


Mbalangadja etanga okwe li lyata! Okoola. Ye okwa findala, natango okooola. Te li denge nomutwe, natango okwa tula mo. Mbalangadja okwa tula mo eekoola di li nhano!

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


Shikondobolo okwa handuka nee eshi a dengwa.

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


Shikondobolo okwa handuka nee vali unene ye ota pona po Mbalangadja nokuli osho.

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


Fimbo ngoo Shikondobolo e li mondjila a uka keumbo, okwa shakena naina yaMbalandadja. “Ino mona po okaana kange opo?”

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.


Ina yaMbalangandja opo ngoo e li po, oku udite okawi ta ka ifana “Mee! Meme!” A li nee ku kevauka ke wete apa ta ka di. Mboli ota ka di moshikutunino shaShikondobolo.

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.


Ina yaMbalangadja okwa lombwela omona “Ninga ngaashi nde ku longa!”

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


Ta tu oshive. Ta kala opo tapona omate, ye ta fiyaafiya. Ta tu eenghisha ye ta kolola. Mbalangadja omulula ye omunyika!

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


Shikondobolo okwa kala noku kolola fiyo a kolola mo Mbalangadja.

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


Poo opo nee pa dja eexuxwa nomambalangadja vehe li hole vali opo.

From that time, chickens and millipedes were enemies.


Written by: Winny Asara
Illustrated by: Magriet Brink
Translated by: Nelly Ndafyaalako
Language: Kwanyama
Level: Level 3
Source: Chicken and Millipede from African Storybook
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