Like all Zambian communities, the Bemba people have a close-knitted extended family life. This is reflected in the detailed terminology used to describe interpersonal relationships. An example of this is the fact that the terms to describe uncles and aunties refer to them as "small father" or "small mother."
Cousins are effectively referred to as brother or sister.
In general, elder people are referred to as "father" or "mother", or as "grandfather" or "grandmother." This is a reflection of the level of respect children are taught to show towards total strangers. It came as no surprise that even a "Kabova" (street hustler) arguing with a lady on a bus at KMB Bus Stop, "Ba mami ine nshyakwata amano, kuti namu tuka." ( = Mam, I am not a sensible person, I might end up insulting you")
Sadly, this aspect of relationships is being relentlessly erroded in urban environments.
Here are some more Bemba words for you.