ISBN 9789991642079
Pages 210
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2013
Publisher University of Namibia Press, Namibia
Format Paperback

Omiano vya Tjipangandjara

Otjiherero Proverbs and Idioms

by Jekura Uaurika Kavari

Omiano vya Tjipangandjara: Otjiherero Proverbs and Idioms is a unique collection of linguistic and cultural significance. The author has collected over 150 proverbs and idioms from the Ovaherero community, particularly the Ovakaoko, in Namibia, and from various written sources. He encourages the use of these proverbs as a means of cultural enrichment, since younger speakers of Otjiherero tend to use and/or translate English or Afrikaans proverbs. Concise and extensively researched, this book distinguishes between proverbs and idioms; gives the literal English translation; the origin; general meaning; context; usage; and English equivalents.

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About the Author

Jekura Uaurika Kavari

Jekura Uaurika Kavari holds a PhD in African Oral Literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has taught Otjiherero language and literature, culture, and linguistics at the University of Namibia for more than twenty years.

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