African Proverbs


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Wisdom does not come overnight. ? Somali proverb

You cannot name a child that is not born. ? African proverb

When your mouth stumbles, it's worse than feet. - Oji Proverb

Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ? Akan proverb

You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ? Zimbabwean Proverb

When the fool is told a Proverb, its meaning has to be explained to him.

Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. ? Ethiopian proverb

Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others. ? Hema (DRC) proverb

You cannot work for food when there is no food for work. ? African Proverb

A doctor who invoked a storm on his people cannot prevent his house from destruction. ? Nigerian proverb

A large chair does not make a king. ? Sudanese proverb

A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. ? African proverb

All truth is good, but not all truth is good to say.

Be on the alert, like the red ant that moves with its claws wide open. Uganda Proverb

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. ? Ashanti proverb

Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can. ? Ashanti

Even the best cooking pot will not produce food. ? African proverb

Happiness is as good as food. ? Maasai Proverb

He who is born a fool is never cured.

He who wants to barter, usually knows what is best for him.

If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy. - Cameroon Proverb

If you do not have patience you cannot make beer. ? Ovambo proverb

If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn. ? Congo Proverb

It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir. ? African Proverb

Looking at a king's mouth one would never think he sucked his mother's breast.

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