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October 26, 2020

Kwomboka: walking on your toes so as not to let anyone hear you are there…

“Kwomboka”: a word(verb) in Kinyarwanda that when told isn’t just a word, it’s also a spark!

This is a word that sparks memories of one’s childhood especially the time you had misbehaved. when you had gone out to visit or play with friends without asking for permission and at the time of coming back home, that action followed – Kwomboka. When you wanted to take something without letting anyone know, that’s what we always did when we were kids.

For someone you tell this word and ask them what impression it brings, they will usually even first give  a smile and then tell you: childhood memories. And this word holds more on people who have had their childhood in the countryside where such experiences are high.

Kwomboka: a word(verb), a spark, a memory - the funny moments of childhood, the countryside times!


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  • Bhavya's Treasure

    Wow! It's slightly similar to tiptoe but that spark, those delicious childhood memories, those moments are not felt in 'tiptoe' but I could feel them in Kwomboka. :D

    The personal touch you gave to this piece made it such a delightful, mischievous read!

    3 months ago
  • Sarsora

    This is an amazing piece!

    3 months ago
  • Turkeycracker K (a.ka. Firecracker)

    Wow! Cool!
    Re: Thanks so much! I like it when people like my stories!

    3 months ago
  • If you died right now, where would you go? (Kit-Kat Sully)

    Replying: Haha! You can call me Kit-Kat, or Katherine, even Katrina. Whichever you wish. Thank you for reading my piece, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

    3 months ago
  • mirkat

    woah, i am going to use this word a lot! why is there no English word for it!!!???? what an awesome word! <3

    3 months ago