Poeme d amour : Ioɔɔ-kɔ̂ɔŋ káa mɛ̆lɛ-mɛlɛisu  Gráa a ná mɛni-pɔlɔ kpîŋ  Kɛ́lɛ, maafíla ma kpɛni sêi á lâŋ  Gélee nɔ́ ká ŋí Iwɛli káa mâ!
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Kpelle poem, translation, thanks Victoria S.Kanneh

Love poem translated into kpelle. Kpelle poem (guerze) a mande language of southern Guinea and Liberia. Kpelle is the Niger-Congolese language of the kpelle people (about 1 million speakers).

The kpelles were first in Sudan before settling in Liberia and then a part of them to settle in Guinea. They traditionally practice slash-and-burn agriculture (rice). They are divided into villages, whose chiefs descend from the first founders. Their filiation is patrilineal, and they are divided into clans and patrilocal lineages, gathered in chiefdoms. They are characterized by their institutions of poro and sande, which are secret societies respectively masculine and feminine, to which every individual is initiated. These societies have the function of counterbalancing, the political power, educating adolescents and creating solidarity links.
African poetry