Your contact details will never be published. If you offend, ask for a pardon; if offended forgive. In most traditions in Africa, it is usually atypical for one to tell an African proverb and still be the one to explain the meaning. Meaning: It is better for two or more people to deliberate on a subject matter rather allowing only one person to decide on an issue. It is always might be either you or a member of your family.
Sugarcane is sweetest at its joint. Technical achievements for instance do help greater mobility for good for people all over the world, but they raise the perilous task to protect our entire planet. Your wealth, intelligence, and success won't protect you from random negative events. An early bird catches the worm When African leaders say this proverb, they use it to advice people to have an early start in order to get the best out of the day. Practice makes perfect This is an old proverb; it is also a beautiful proverb that aims at encouraging people to keep doing what they know how to do best. A Mende proverb sent by Mohamed Musa Barrie, Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Dac Samu, Toronto, Canada. Meaning: The best approach to solving a problem is to take it bit by bit; one at a time.
~ Hausa proverb from Nigeria Meaning: Sometimes the strongest person must turn aside. If you keep moving, you won't settle down or be forced to settle down. A Swahili proverb sent by Juma Kasika, Dodoma, Tanzania. If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings. A Bemba proverb sent by Brandon Siliombe Libanga, Kitwe, Zambia. You still need to be persistent.
Meaning: Fight fire with fire rather than turning the other cheek. Africa is the land of proverbs. ~ African proverb It is no shame at all to work for money. Sent by Agata Kassa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One who eats a guinea fowl does not start to look like a guinea fowl. An old lady feels uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb Ghana 9. Interpreted Meaning: We learn and grow when times are tough.
Meaning: Do not insult someone who is capable of taking your responsibility or taking care of you. I never really thought about it, but seeing as I am American, Africa tends to be glanced over in our schools at least when I was in school. Meaning: If you want to build self-esteem, you need to practice looking for good qualities in others and appreciating them. From time immemorial, African proverbs have been used to convey messages during important conversations. The elders, in particular, are great sources of traditional proverbs. Meaning: Avoid copying someone else. Meaning: Do not insult someone who is taking care of your responsibility or taking care of you.
He who does not know one thing knows another. Meaning: You cannot predict the beginning of greatness because they always look awkward and frustrating; therefore, it is not good to laugh at people or judge them based on their current status. It means that you should always be watchful when an unfamiliar person is too acquainted or mind when you are being made fun of. Meaning: In every situation that you find yourself, always remember that there is hope for prosperity. Meaning: You will fall into a trap if you do not have good advice or refuse to take one. ~ Mandinka proverb Meaning: A master was once a student and cannot be fooled easily.
The proverb is attributed to the people of southern Ghana, a heavily forested area known for its timber trade. Some people were born with silver spoons in their mouths while some of us were born with not even wooden spoons in our mouths. ~Congo proverb The man may be the head of the home, but the wife is the heart. Over the years, it has become associated with the wise, the elderly and the grey haired who pride themselves in the knowledge of these proverbs and more often than not, it is usually used to advise a child or a youth as the advice tends to stick more when the proverb is understood. When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. Meaning: If you offend someone, apologize and if someone else offends you forgive the person so that peace will rain.
Meaning: Mature behaviour entitles even the young to sit beside kings. Meaning: The society is responsible for the moral characters it creates and everyone in a community should be responsible for helping to train a child irrespective of who the parents are; offering correction where they are needed. It has two interpretations: one, that it is impossible for one person to know everything; and two, that wisdom belongs to everyone, and should not be kept to oneself. Who knows who will eat the leg? If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there Uganda 11. The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth. The beauty of African proverbs lies in their mystery.
~ African proverb You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. He who fears the sun will not become chief. Insight into many other aspects of foreign cultures can be explored by gathering their unique proverbs and sayings. Toads do not like to run in the daytime because it is hot, and they tend to be lazy. The mouth of an elder may stink but out of it comes wisdom.
Sent by Mokelifi Johnson ThankGod, Abuja, Nigeria. Meaning: You should never interfere in someone issues particularly when you do not know anything about them. Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet. Sent by MacRester Zacarias, Blantyre, Malawi, and Kelvin Lumbwe, Ndola, Zambia. When a man is stung by a bee, he does not destroy all beehives Kenya 2. Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle. A large chair does not make a king.