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Kuku na Jongoo Chicken and Millipede Inkoko ne Ciyongoli

Written by Winny Asara

Illustrated by Magriet Brink

Translated by Matteo E. Mwita

Read by Lauwo George

Language Kiswahili

Level Level 3

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Kuku na Jongoo walikuwa marafiki. Ila walikuwa wanashindana kila mara. Siku moja wakaamua kucheza mpira wa miguu ili waweze kubaini nani alikuwa mchezaji bora zaidi.

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.

Inkoko ne Ciyongoli fyali fibusa. Nomba lyonse bale cinfyanayafye. Bushiku bumo, baile mukuteya umupila wakumakasa pakuti bamone uwingacinfya umunankwe.


Wakaenda uwanjani na wakaanza kucheza. Kuku alikuwa na kasi ila Jongoo alikuwa na kasi zaidi. Kuku alipiga mpira mbali, ila Jongoo alipiga mbali zaidi. Kuku akaanza kupandwa na hasira.

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.

Baile kucibansa camupila nokwamba ukuteya. Inkoko yali iya angukilwa nomba iciyongoli calyangukishe ukucilapo. Inkolo epakupantila ukutali nomba iciyongoli tepakupantisha ukucilapo. Inkoko epakwamba ukunfwa ububi.


Wakaamua kupigiana penati. Jongoo akaenda golini. Kuku alifunga goli moja pekee. Ikawa zamu ya kuku kwenda golini.

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.

Efyo. batile katupantefye iyakwingisha mufipanda. Iciyingoli ecabalilepo ukuya mucipanda. Inkoko yaingishako kamo. Epakucinjana pakuti inkoko nayo iyemucipanda.


Jongoo alipiga mpira akafunga. Jongoo akapiga chenga akafunga. Jongoo akapiga kichwa akafunga. Jongoo akafunga magoli matano.

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

Iciyongoli epakupanta nokwingisha. Iciyongoli calafyanya nokwingisha. Iciyongoli epakusenda umupila nokuya ingisha. Iciyongoli caingisha utukato tusano.


Kuku akakasirika kwa kuwa amefungwa. Hakuwa mshindani mzuri. Jongoo akaanza kucheka kwa sababu rafiki yake alikuwa analalamika.

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

Inkoko epakufulwa ukuti yalusa. Pantu yalilusa ububi sana. Iciyongoli epakwamba ukuseka umunankwe pakuilishanya.


Kuku alipatwa na hasira kiasi kwamba akafungua mdomo wake mkubwa na akammeza Jongoo.

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

Inkoko yalifulwa sana epakwamba ukusonsobola iciyongoli nokucilya.


Kuku alipokuwa anarudi nyumbani alikutana na Mama yake Jongoo. Mama Jongoo akamuuliza, “Umemwona mwanangu?” Kuku hakujibu kitu. Mama Jongoo akapatwa na wasiwasi.

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.

Cilya inkoko ileya kung’anda epakukumanya nyina waciyongoli. Nyina waciyongoli epakwipusha, “Naumonako umwana wandi?” Inkoko tayaaswike nangu cimo. Nyina waciyonoli tepakusakamana.


Mama Jongoo akasikia sauti kwa mbali. “Nisaidie mama!” ile sauti ililia. Mama Jongoo akaangalia huku na kule na kusikiliza kwa makini. Sauti ilitokea tumboni mwa kuku.

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.

Elyo nyina waciyongoli aunfwile akalishiwi akanono. “Mutule mayo!” Nyina waciyongoli ekulolesha lolesha no kunfwikisha. Ishiwi lyalefuma mumala yankoko.


Mama Jongoo alipiga kelele, “Tumia nguvu yako ya kipekee mwanangu!” Majongoo wanaweza kutoa harufu mbaya na ladha ya ajabu. Kuku akaanza kujisikia mgonjwa.

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

Nyina waciyongoli epakupunda, “bonfya amaka yobe mwana wandi!” Iciyongoli limo cilanunka ububi sana, nokunfwika ifibi mukanwa. Inkoko epakwamba ukunwa ukulwala.


Kuku akabeuwa. Akameza mate na kutema. Halafu akapiga chafya na kukohoa. Akakohoa tena. Jongoo alimfanya ajisikie vibaya.

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

Inkoko epekubukula. Elya yaisa mina nokufwisa futi. Yaisa tesula nokukola, nakabili yakoka. Iciyongoli waliyunfwisha ubunani.


Kuku alikohoa, hadi akamtema jongoo aliyekuwa tumboni mwake. Mama Jongoo na mwanaye wakakwea mti kujificha.

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

Inkoko epakukola mpaka yakola iciyongoli icali mumala. Nyina waciyongoli nommwana wakwe efyo bakulike nokunina icimuti emobabelama.


Tangu hapo, Kuku na Jongoo ni maadui.

From that time, chickens and millipedes were enemies.

Ukufuma apopena inkoko nefiyongoli fyalipatana.


Written by: Winny Asara
Illustrated by: Magriet Brink
Translated by: Matteo E. Mwita
Read by: Lauwo George
Language: Kiswahili
Level: Level 3
Source: Chicken and Millipede from African Storybook
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