Swahili primer (notes from Zanzibar)

– How many hakunas does it take so that it does not matata any more?
– How many salamalaikums does it take to contain a single habari (how’s it going)?
– How many deft pharmacists and cab drivers does it take to outwit the mzungu (white man)?
– How many moja bareedees (cold ones) till black and white are one and all is good?
– How many mambos and jambos till you lose count and the sun commences an East African morning, and it is time to start counting again?

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