Meaning:Act; Deed; To do
Utendi is a boy’s name of Swahili origin. It comes from the word ku-tenda which means “act,” “deed,” or “to do.” Keeping in line with this idea, Utendi is also a form of narrative poetry which typically describes heroic deeds. Reciting utendi is a popular pastime at weddings and other milestone occasions, and specialized narrators are even invited to perform. If you’d like to share your proud Swahili heritage and culture with your little one, Utendi hits the right spot. Who knows, baby may also feel encouraged to act on their dreams and do good deeds in their lives!

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