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kpitaa........ameh!

Riddles in Igala along with English translations

*The Igala people are one of the many ethnic groups living in Nigeria (West Africa).*

ogo yele ogo yele

ogo wane ma kpohon

engmeh

Round and round

Round and round they twirl down

They fall but do not break.

Answer: Leaves.

oli echikpakpa ka dago ubioko oja ata mi

abodu che kma tegu ma neken

chedai oma ekpa wele ka

elah

There is a pawpaw tree behind

the garden in my fatherís backyard

Everyone tries to climb up it

All in vain

Except for a fair-skinned little boy.

Answer: An ant.

na lo ti oko un kpejurunyi

na lo ti unyi un kpejuroko

ukoche

On my way to the farm,

I face my home.

On my way home,

I face the farm.

Answer: A hoe (hung over the farmerís shoulder).

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