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Kwa nini Viboko Hawana Nywele Why hippos have no hair Icoinfubu ishskwatila umushishi

Written by Basilio Gimo, David Ker

Illustrated by Carol Liddiment

Translated by Matteo E. Mwita

Read by Lauwo George

Language Kiswahili

Level Level 2

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Siku moja, Sungura alikuwa akitembea pembeni ya mto.

One day, Rabbit was walking by the riverside.

Bushiku bumo, kalulu aile aleenda mululamba lwamumana


Kiboko alikuwepo pia, akitembea huku akila majani mazuri ya kijani.

Hippo was there too, going for a stroll and eating some nice green grass.

Infubu nayo ekoyali, yaletandala nokulwa umulenfwe uusuma sana


Kiboko hakumwona Sungura na kwa bahati mbaya akaukanyaga mguu wa Sungura. Sungura akaanza kumpigia Kiboko kelele. “We Kiboko huoni kama umeukanyaga mguu wangu?”

Hippo didn’t see that Rabbit was there and she accidentally stepped on Rabbit’s foot. Rabbit started screaming at Hippo, “You Hippo! Can’t you see that you’re stepping on my foot?”

Infubu tayamwene ukuti Kalulu nao ekoali, epakumunyanta pakulu. Kalulu ayambile ukupundilila infubu. “Wenfubu iwe! Taulemona ukuti naunyanta pakulu?”


Kiboko akamwomba Sungura msamaha, “Samahani, sikukuona, tafadhali nisamehe!” Lakini Sungura hakukubali na akaendelea kumbwatukia Kiboko, “Umefanya makusudi! Kuna siku utakiona, na nitakulipizia!”

Hippo apologised to Rabbit, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. Please forgive me!” But Rabbit wouldn’t listen and he shouted at Hippo, “You did that on purpose! Someday, you’ll see! You’re going to pay!”

Infubu epakulomba ubwelelo kuli kalulu. “Njelelako, nshacikumona. Napapata njelelako!” Nomba kalulu talefwaya kunfwa, epakukalipila infubu ati, “wacicitilafye umufulo! bushiku bumo ukacimona, nkakulimuna!


Sungura alienda kumtafuta moto na akamwambia, “Nenda, ukamchome Kiboko akitoka majini kuja kula majani. Alinikanyaga!” Moto ukajibu, “Hakuna tatizo, rafiki yangu Sungura, nitafanya ulichoniomba kufanya.”

Rabbit went to find Fire and said, “Go, burn Hippo when she comes out of the water to eat grass. She stepped on me!” Fire answered, “No problem, Rabbit, my friend. I’ll do just what you ask.”

Kalulu epakuya mukufwaya umulilo nokuweba ati, “kabiyeoce infubu ngayafuma mumenshi mukulya icani. Acinyanta! Umuliolo epakwasuka ati, “takuli bwafya mune kalulu, nalacita ifyofine.”


Baadaye, Kiboko alikuwa akila majani mbali na mto, aliposhtuka moto umelipuka. Miale ya moto ikaanza kuzichoma nywele za Kiboko.

Later, Hippo was eating grass far from the river when, “Whoosh!” Fire burst into flame. The flames began to burn Hippo’s hair.

Panuma yakakshita, infubu yalelya icani ukutali nomumana, “mutule!” umulilo wabilimuka mulubingu, ulubingu epakwamba ukoca umushishi wanfubu.


Kiboko akaanza kulia na kukimbilia kwenye maji. Nywele zake zote zilikuwa zimeungua na moto. Kiboko aliendelea kulia, “Nywele zangu zimeungua na moto! Nywele zangu zote zimeisha! Nywele zangu nzuri!”

Hippo started to cry and ran for the water. All her hair was burned off by the fire. Hippo kept crying, “My hair has burned in the fire! My hair is all gone! My beautiful hair!”

Infubu epakwamba ukulila nokubutukila kumenshi. Umushishi waiko onse ukupya kumulilo. Infubu yakonkenyepo ukulila, “umushishi wandi wapya kumulilo! umushishi wandi onse waya! Umushishi wandi ubusuma!”


Sungura alikuwa na furaha kwa kuwa nywele za Kiboko ziliungua. Hadi leo kwa kuogopa moto, Kiboko hawezi kwenda mbali na maji.

Rabbit was happy that Hippo’s hair was burned. And to this day, for fear of fire, the hippo never goes far from the water.

Kalulu alitemwa ukuti umushishi wanfubu walipya. Mpaka nalelo, mukutina umulilo, infubu taiya kutali namenshi.


Written by: Basilio Gimo, David Ker
Illustrated by: Carol Liddiment
Translated by: Matteo E. Mwita
Read by: Lauwo George
Language: Kiswahili
Level: Level 2
Source: Why hippos have no hair from African Storybook
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