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Issa Amiri Kilimo

Featured Poem:

Matatizo Sitatizo! (Troubles are not a problem!)

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1.Matatizo sitatizo, matatizo ni daraja
Matatizo sikikwazo, matatizo ni faraja
Matatizo simzozo, matatizo ndio hoja
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

2.Matatizo kibwagizo, matatizo ya kufuja
Matatizo maliwazo, matatizo yanakuja
Matatizo ni mawazo, matatizo ya kuihuja
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

3.Matatizo sitangazo, matatizo sikioja
Matatizo ni pendezo, matatizo ya kungoja
Matatizo maelezo, matatizo ya kuchuja
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

4.Matatizo ni uwezo, matatizo tafrija
Matatizo ni potezo, matatizo sikiroja
Matatizo maelezo, matatizo ya kuchuja,
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

5.Matatizo ni mkazo, matatizo ndio haja,
Matatizo ni chukizo, matatizo reja reja,
Matatizo matatizo, matatizo mwisho mojam
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

Translation:
1.Troubles are not a problem, Troubles are a bridge
Troubles are not a barrier, Troubles are a comfort
Troubles are not a dispute, Troubles are a discussion
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

2.Troubles are a chorus, Troubles are to be misused
Troubles comfort, Troubles are coming
Troubles are thoughts,
Troubles are to be brought,
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

3.Troubles are not an announcement,
Troubles are not a spectacle
Troubles are not a suggestion,
Troubles are to be waited for
Troubles are details, Troubles are to be filtered
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

4.Troubles are ability, Troubles are recreation
Troubles are a loss, Troubles are not an innovation
Troubles are details, Troubles are to be filtered
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

5.Troubles are a focus, Troubles are an urge
Troubles are a frustration, Troubles are singular
Troubles are troubles,
Troubles have one end
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

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Biography

Issa Amiri Kilimo was born on the 12th December 1988, in the Tanga region of Tanzania.

He only went school until 3rd year in ‘O’ levels, he couldn’t go further due to life hardships. It was during this time he decided join different art groups that were anchored in Traditional Dance (Ngoma), Theatre, and Poetry.

Through these groups, he has been fortunate to participate in various workshops and ‘Swahili Slam Poetry’ competitions.

He has been featured in films, and various radio adverts.

Issa Amiri Kilimo

Biography

Issa Amiri Kilimo was born on the 12th December 1988, in the Tanga region of Tanzania.

He only went school until 3rd year in ‘O’ levels, he couldn’t go further due to life hardships. It was during this time he decided join different art groups that were anchored in Traditional Dance (Ngoma), Theatre, and Poetry.

Through these groups, he has been fortunate to participate in various workshops and ‘Swahili Slam Poetry’ competitions.

He has been featured in films, and various radio adverts.

Featured Poem:

Matatizo Sitatizo! (Troubles are not a problem!)

Enlarge poem

1.Matatizo sitatizo, matatizo ni daraja
Matatizo sikikwazo, matatizo ni faraja
Matatizo simzozo, matatizo ndio hoja
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

2.Matatizo kibwagizo, matatizo ya kufuja
Matatizo maliwazo, matatizo yanakuja
Matatizo ni mawazo, matatizo ya kuihuja
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

3.Matatizo sitangazo, matatizo sikioja
Matatizo ni pendezo, matatizo ya kungoja
Matatizo maelezo, matatizo ya kuchuja
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

4.Matatizo ni uwezo, matatizo tafrija
Matatizo ni potezo, matatizo sikiroja
Matatizo maelezo, matatizo ya kuchuja,
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

5.Matatizo ni mkazo, matatizo ndio haja,
Matatizo ni chukizo, matatizo reja reja,
Matatizo matatizo, matatizo mwisho mojam
Matatizo ni daraja, matatizo si tatizo

Translation:
1.Troubles are not a problem, Troubles are a bridge
Troubles are not a barrier, Troubles are a comfort
Troubles are not a dispute, Troubles are a discussion
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

2.Troubles are a chorus, Troubles are to be misused
Troubles comfort, Troubles are coming
Troubles are thoughts,
Troubles are to be brought,
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

3.Troubles are not an announcement,
Troubles are not a spectacle
Troubles are not a suggestion,
Troubles are to be waited for
Troubles are details, Troubles are to be filtered
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

4.Troubles are ability, Troubles are recreation
Troubles are a loss, Troubles are not an innovation
Troubles are details, Troubles are to be filtered
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

5.Troubles are a focus, Troubles are an urge
Troubles are a frustration, Troubles are singular
Troubles are troubles,
Troubles have one end
Troubles are a bridge,
Troubles are not a problem

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (1)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (2)
  • Reflection (1)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (1)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Comments

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