AFRICAN PROVERBS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Who doesn’t love some wise words from our ancestors and forefathers. African proverbs are an integral part of the African culture. They are shared from generation to generation, particularly when trying to teach, give advice, inspire or celebrate.

So guys, take the wise words and implement them into your life if you don’t already.

Stretch your hands as far as they reach, grab all you can grab. – Yoruba Proverb

He who refuses to obey cannot command. – Kenyan Proverb

Birds of all kinds will end up landing. – Egyptian Proverb

He who doesn’t clean his mouth before breakfast always complains that the food is sour. – African Proverb

The sun never sets without fresh news. – Xhosa Proverb

Even an ant can hurt an elephant. – South African Proverb

One camel does not make fun of the other camel’s hump. – Ghanaian Proverb

Other people’s wisdom prevents the king from being called a fool. – Nigerian Proverb

Dress-up a stick and you get a doll. – Egyptian Proverb

An ox shits more than a hundred mosquitoes – Mozambican Proverb

Don’t look at where you fell, but where you slip. – African Proverb

Only a fool tests the depth of the river with two feet. – African Proverb

A roaring lion kills no game. – Ugandan Proverb

A single bracelet does not jingle. – African Proverb

The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. – African Proverb

Rain Beats the Leopard’s Skin But it Does Not Wash Out the Spots – Ghanaian Proverb

You Do Not Teach the Paths of the Forest to an Old Gorilla – Democratic Republic of Congo Proverb

If a donkey kicks you and you kick back, you are both donkeys. – Gambian Proverb

He who eats well speaks well or it is a question of insanity. – Yoruba – Nigerian Proverb

It is the soil that knows that the mouse’s baby is ill – Zimbabwean Proverb

An elephant’s tasks are never too heavy for it – Zimbabwean Proverb

You cannot pick up a pebble with one finger. Malawian Proverb

One hand washes the other – Zulu Proverb

Every culture has a seeds of wisdom in the form of proverbs. Being African, I enjoy and try to live by African proverbs, however there are so many proverbs that are similar to each other. I’m also a fan of Latin phrases such as Veni, Vedi, Vici. My top 10 Latin Phrases have been put in a post just for you all to enjoy. I am sure you’ll find sprinkles of wisdom to implement into your life.

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ASHLEE MOYO