Mwigigi gwangu gulimkilole  Utunzi wangu lunofu  Wangufye ukimbile uyaga  Wivamwisho kukwenda!
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Hehe poem, translated by Joyce Mataruma Wakete

Love poem translated into hehe (kihehe, ekiehe, ehe), a Bantu language of Tanzania. About 900,000 Hehes speak this language in the region of Iringa and Dodoma. The name Wahehe seems to come from their war cry, which has caused them to be called so by the neighboring tribes. The Hehes were steppes hunters who today cultivate cassava and millet. Their social organization depends a lot of an unilinear filiation system with a masculine tendency, which makes the woman a person relatively foreign to the group. They have contracted, with the neighboring ethnic groups, non-aggression alliances that are based on the beer pact ritual. "Kukwenda" pretty Hehe!
African poems