A Gonga Praise-Poem from the Kafa High­ lands of south-west Ethiopia. The poem records the drama of a succession dispute. Tumi Taki, the king of the Hinnaro people, was overthrown by his wife Sini who wanted to make her lover Sisi (or Sisiti) the new king. Sisi, however, was offered the crown by the counsellors only on condition that he abandoned Sini, which he refused to do, choosing his mistress rather than the throne. The poem expresses deep contempt for Sisi’s lack of concern for the people, and is a good example of how Praise-Poetry may be used to express sharp criticism of bad rulers.

SINI
After the death of Gamma Kegocci,
Tumi Taki has left me empty-handed.