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About Kimondo

Kimondo is the Kiswahili word for a shooting star or meteor.

You can lookup an official definition of kimondo at the Yale Swahili dictionary page. I picked the name kimondo for my website since it’s a little bit unusual, has a nice ring to it, and is handy when trying to think up usernames.

Kimondo is also what I’d name my fantasy yacht which I like to draw when I’m stuck in boring meetings.

Lots of kimondo(s) are called a vimondo, although I have failed to meet any other kimondos to have a vimondo. Kimondo also ties in with the name Pete which literally means a rock. Curiously, kimondo is also the name given to satirical poetry.

“There is strong evidence that Kiswahili dialogue poetry is modeled on ordinary conversation. In this poetry, poets take turns making moves (see Sacks et al.) and in alternating their roles of active production and reception. Furthermore, they use each move to maximize on any local and global goals they hope to attain in the course of the interaction.”

“Election campaigning is a period of power contestation and public social challenge. It is a time when individuals who represent different social, economic, and political programs come into the public sphere and advance their policies. It is also an arena in which political candidates provide a public critique of their opponents. Thus, the election period is inherently replete with tension and competing points of view, occasionally expressed satirically. In Lamu, campaigns are at times conducted through poetry. That is, parliamentary hopefuls may hire the services of popular poets who then sing their praises while simultaneously ridiculing their opponents. The ridiculed opponents may also hire their own poets to respond to the accusations leveled at them. These competing poems are either sung in public or electronically transmitted through cassettes. This satirical poetry in Lamu has come to be known as kimondo (pl., vimondo). “

Sadly as with many interesting university articles – the rest of this one is only available via a subscription.

There is however an interesting article here: Lessons From Kimondo: an Aspect of Kiswahili Culture by Assibi Apatewon Amidu of the  University of Trondheim, Norway.

There’s also a town called Kimondo in central Kenya according to Wikipedia although I’ve yet to visit. One day.

Joan J. J. Mungereza has posted a photograph of a Kimondo on her website, although my favourite post of hers is Lake Tanganyika is beautiful.

You can also buy a pair of kimondo shoes called the MBT Kimondo GTX Black Mens Athletic Shoe which make you look a little bit taller and wobbly.