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Tomu kashitisha wa Nkonde Tom the banana seller Tomu kashitisha wa Nkonde

Written by Humphreys Odunga

Illustrated by Zablon Alex Nguku

Translated by Sandra Mulesu

Language IciBemba

Level Level 2

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Tomu alasenda ulupe lwa nkonde ishapya.

Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tomu alasenda ulupe lwa nkonde ishapya.


Tomu alaya kumaliketi mukushitisha inkonde.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tomu alaya kumaliketi mukushitisha inkonde.


Abantu kumaliketi balashita ifinsabwa nsabwa.

People at the market are buying fruit.

Abantu kumaliketi balashita ifinsabwa nsabwa.


Nomba tapali nangu umo uuleshita kuli Tomu

But no one is buying Tom’s bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

Nomba tapali nangu umo uuleshita kuli Tomu


“Mumushi wesu, banamayofye ebashitisha ifinsabwansabwa”, efilanda abantu. “Mwaume wamusango shani uyu?”

“In our community, only women sell fruit,” people say. “What kind of a man is this?” people ask.

“Mumushi wesu, banamayofye ebashitisha ifinsabwansabwa”, efilanda abantu. “Mwaume wamusango shani uyu?”


Nomba Tomu taleka. Aleta abantu, “shiteni inkonde shandi! Shiteni inkonde shandi ishapya elyo ishalowa!”

But Tom does not give up. He calls, “Buy my bananas! Buy my sweet ripe bananas!”

Nomba Tomu taleka. Aleta abantu, “shiteni inkonde shandi! Shiteni inkonde shandi ishapya elyo ishalowa!”


Namayo umo asendapo umusemo umo palupe. Bashilolekesha sana.

One woman picks up a bunch of bananas from the tray. She looks at the bananas carefully.

Namayo umo asendapo umusemo umo palupe. Bashilolekesha sana.


Banamayo bashita inkonde.

The woman buys the bananas.

Banamayo bashita inkonde.


Abantu abengi balesa kwituka. Balashita inkonde shakwa Tomu nokushilya.

More people come to the stall. They buy Tom’s bananas and eat them.

Abantu abengi balesa kwituka. Balashita inkonde shakwa Tomu nokushilya.


Panonofye ulupe lwapwa. Tomu epakupenda indalama apanga.

Soon, the tray is empty. Tom counts the money he earned.

Panonofye ulupe lwapwa. Tomu epakupenda indalama apanga.


Tomu ashitamo isopo, insukale no mukate. Abika ifintu fyakwe palupe.

Then Tom buys soap, sugar, and bread. He puts the things in his tray.

Tomu ashitamo isopo, insukale no mukate. Abika ifintu fyakwe palupe.


Tomu alatengesela ulupe lwakwe pa mutwe nokubwekela kung’anda.

Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tomu alatengesela ulupe lwakwe pa mutwe nokubwekela kung’anda.


Written by: Humphreys Odunga
Illustrated by: Zablon Alex Nguku
Translated by: Sandra Mulesu
Language: IciBemba
Level: Level 2
Source: Tom the banana seller from African Storybook
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