November 3rd, 2008

I can’t find “gift of the gab” in Dholuo, but here’s something even better, from Owen Ozier’s webpage on the language of Barack Obama’s paternal ancestors :

Today a popular song is Unbwogable which combines English and the Dholuo word bwogo (“to scare”) so a good translation is [We Are or I Am] Unscareable/Fearless/Unbeatable. It was used in the December, 2002 political campaign as a rallying cry for the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) candidate Mwai Kibaki who was elected the new President of Kenya.

Here’s part of the song. The Irish guy has the edge IMHO:

Unbwogable – Gidi Gidi-Maji Maji

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