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Zama muukali Zama is great! Zama muukali

Written by Michael Oguttu

Illustrated by Vusi Malindi

Translated by Joseph Mwansa

Language IciBemba

Level Level 2

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Kandume yandi takalaala bwangu. Ndabuka bwangu pantu ndi mukali!

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

Kandume yandi takalaala bwangu. Ndabuka bwangu pantu ndi mukali!


Nine njingisha akasuba mu ng’anda.

I am the one who lets in the sun.

Nine njingisha akasuba mu ng’anda.


Bamaayo batiila “Uli lutanda lwakumacaca yandi.”

“You’re my morning star,” says Ma.

Bamaayo batiila “Uli lutanda lwakumacaca yandi.”


Ndaisamba, nshifwaya wakungafwilisha.

I wash myself, I don’t need any help.

Ndaisamba, nshifwaya wakungafwilisha.


Shakwata bwafya na menshi yatalala nangu sopo wa nunka uwa bulu.

I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.

Shakwata bwafya na menshi yatalala nangu sopo wa nunka uwa bulu.


Bamaayo balanjibukisha, “Wilaba ameeno.” Naine nayasuka, “Teti, teine.”

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

Bamaayo balanjibukisha, “Wilaba ameeno.” Naine nayasuka, “Teti, teine.”


Panuma yakusamba, ndaposha bamaama na bamaayo senge, na ukubashalikapo bwino.

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

Panuma yakusamba, ndaposha bamaama na bamaayo senge, na ukubashalikapo bwino.


Elyo naifwika naati, “Ndi mukalamba nomba maayo.”

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

Elyo naifwika naati, “Ndi mukalamba nomba maayo.”


Ndamanka amabatani na ukukaka intambo shapa nsapato.

I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.

Ndamanka amabatani na ukukaka intambo shapa nsapato.


Nshipusa ukweba kandume yandi pa ficitaka ku sukulu.

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

Nshipusa ukweba kandume yandi pa ficitaka ku sukulu.


Mu sukulu ndabombesha munshila shonse.

In class I do my best in every way.

Mu sukulu ndabombesha munshila shonse.


Ncita ifi fisuma fyonse cila bushiku. Nomba icikulu ico natemwisha, kwangala na ukwangala.

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

Ncita ifi fisuma fyonse cila bushiku. Nomba icikulu ico natemwisha, kwangala na ukwangala.


Written by: Michael Oguttu
Illustrated by: Vusi Malindi
Translated by: Joseph Mwansa
Language: IciBemba
Level: Level 2
Source: Zama is great! from African Storybook
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