Tokoloshe is originally a Zulu word that can be written as “Tikolôsj” (Zulu) Tikoloshe, Tokkolosh, Tokeloshe, Tokkelossie (Afrikaans) or even Tjikolosi. There is no easy or direct translation as it seems to be used to describe a single creature as well as a group of different creatures. According to various websites it is sometimes called a Hili, Uhlakanyana or Gilikango (unsubstantiated).
Over time “Tokoloshe” has become the title of several creatures from African mythology. However, the one that we are focusing on here is the one that seems to have been the first to have the name. This is The Tokoloshe: a horned malevolent dwarf that is half-man half-spirit. References to this mystical creature date back to before 1700.
“The Tokoloshe is believed to be a dwarf-like male creature with pronounced sexual characteristics“. Source: Theodore Petrus, anthropology researcher and lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. (Research conducted between 2005 and 2008)
According to one source the name “Tikolôsj” means “Bag Carrier” in Zulu and refers to the huge scrotum of the Tokoloshe. Another reference cites that none can beat the Tokoloshe when it comes to sexual prowess and no man living or dead can challenge him in this way.
The following is from a report from April 2009 posted in a Zimbabwean news website: