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"One thing I deeply respect about Africa is the treasure of wisdom our ancestors

have handed down to us"


African Proverbs
WISDOM
*Wisdom is Wealth-Swahili
*The Fool Speaks, the wise man listens-Ethiopian Proverb
*Wisdom does not come Overnight-Somali Proverb
*Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand-Guinean Proverb
*If you are filled with Pride, then you will have no room for wisdom-African Pro
verb
*Nobody is born wise- African Proverb
LEARNING
*If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents-African Prove
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*Wealth if you use it comes to an end;learning if you use it increases- Swahili
Proverb
*By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree-Buganda Proverb
*YOu always learn a lot when you lose than when you win- African Proverb
*YOu do not teach the paths of the forest to an old Gorilla-Congolese Proverb
*Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off-Af
rican Proverb
*Travelling is learning-Kenyan Proverb
PEACE & LEADERSHIP
*A fight between two grasshoppers is a joy to the crow-Lesotho Proverb
*When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled-Swahili Proverbs
*Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far-West African Proverb
*An army of Sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of Lions led by by a sheep-Gh
anaian Proverb
*A large Chair does not make a King-Sudanese Proverb
*If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a
body guard-Sierra Leone Proverb
UNITY & COMMUNITY
*Unity is strength, divisiion is weakness-Swahili Proverb
*Cross the River in a crowd and the Crocodile won't eat you- African Proverb
*Many hands make light work-Haya(Tz) Proverb
*A single stick will smoke but it will not burn-African Proverb
*If you want to go quickly, go alone, if you want to go far, go together- Africa
n Proverb
FAMILY
*Home affairs are not talked about on the Public Square-African Proverb
FRIENDSHIP
*Hold a true friend with both hands-African Proverb
*The friends of our friends are our friends-Congolese Proverb
*Bad froends will prevent you from having good friends-Gabon Proverb
MONEY,WEALTH, RICHES & POVERTY
*Make some money but don't let money make you-Tanzania
*Poverty is slavery-Somalia
*With wealth one wins a woman-Uganda
*Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives th
em meat-Akan
*You should not hoard your money and die of hunger-Ghana
*Knowledge is bette rthan riches-Cameroon

*You must act as if it is impossible to fail-Ashanti


BEAUTY
*One who plants grapes by the road side and one who marries a pretty woman, shar
e the same problem-Ethiopian Proverb
*The skin of the leopard is beautiful but not his heart- Baluba Proverb
*Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty-Nigerian Proverb
*Anyone who looks at beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor-Yoruba Pro
verb
*The Surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on-Ghanaian P
roverb
*If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty, if there is none, beauty become
s ugliness- Nigerian Proverb
*Every woman is beautiful until she speaks-Zimbabwean Proverb
*A beautiful thing is never perfect-Egyptian Proverb
*Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by th
e number of people who smile at you- African Proverb
*A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character- Congolese Proverb
*It's those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons
-African Proverbs
*The most beautiful fig may contain a worm-Zulu Proverb
*Even the colors of a Chameleon are for Survival not beauty-African Proverb
*When a once beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers tha
t it was woven by Ukwa Master Weavers-Igbo Proverb
*There are many colourful flowers on the path of life, but the prettiest have th
e sharpest thorns
*Despite the beauty of the Moon, Sun and the stars, the sky also has a threateni
ng thunder and striking lightening-African Proverb
AFRICAN LOVE & MARRIAGE
*Pretend you are dead and you will see who really loves you- African Proverb
*Love has to be shown by deeds not words-Swahili Proverb
PATIENCE
*Hurry Hurry has no blessings-Swahili Proverb
"Haraka Haraka Haina Baraka"
*Patience can cook a stone-African Proverb
*A patient man will eat ripe fruit-African Proverb
*A patient person never misses a thing-African Proverb
FOOD
*A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to the generous farmer-Ghanaian
Proverb
*The hyena with a cub does not consume all the available food-Akamba Proverb
*The best of mankind is a farmer, the best food is fruit
*If you give bad food to your stomach, it drums for you to dance-African Proverb
*Good music goes with Good Food-African Proverb
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