African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

Tag: Riddles

Chain Riddle

A Fulani chain riddle from northern Nigeria. This is a word game for two people. One makes up a line, and the other has to add a second line beginning with the last word of the first. In the process, the players are constantly devising fresh metaphor.

The foreigner salutes you?
Salutes imply royalty?..

Riddles – The little boy blows his trumpet with his chest thrown out

Kakomana kanoridza mumhanzi kakafenegera
The little boy blows his trumpet with his chest thrown out.

Riddles – It goes outside, it does not cross the threshold.

O jade ko da enu ona koja.
It goes outside, it does not cross the threshold.

Riddles – A black woman with a nasty temper

Debbo baleejo metta-hakkiiloojo.
A black woman with a nasty temper.

Riddles – Going they talk much, coming back they keep silent.

Chyathie ikenegenaga chyoka ikerete.
Going they talk much, coming back they keep silent.

Riddles – A Prince on the mat

Dan Sarki bisa keso
A Prince on the mat.

African Poems