Oluluyia love poem

Isura iiyo mushio

Nelio lishairi linyanjisinjia

Nekhali obhe bhwangu shichira ilakora

Neyo yokhumwisho "nakhuyanza"!

Translated into mtsotso by Winny N

Original version
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Mtsotso dialect

Luyia love poem, the Bantu language of the Luhyas, mainly in western Kenya, and also in Tanzania and Uganda. This Luhya poetry (oluluyia, luhia, luhiya, luhya), here is in mtsotso dialect.

The Luhyas

The Luhyas are about 5 million, and are the second largest group in Kenya. There are many dialects of the luyia, around twenty, which can be more or less intercomprehensible. The Bantu unity is demonstrated around 1860 by W.Bleek, who is the creator of the Bantu term (people), consisting of the lexical root "ntu" and the prefix attached to the class of human names in the plural "ba". This system of nominal classes is indeed the first criterion which characterizes the Bantu languages: each name or pronoun is preceded by a prefix which characterizes its class; This prefix must be repeated before all the words which depend on the substantive. The number of Bantu languages varies according to the author, between 300 and 600.
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