Quotes: African Adages.

First of all, Happy Mothers Day to all the special mothers and mother figures out there: keep being the best you can be always.

This is my second quotes post, and its all about African adages/proverbs.
We all remember these proverbs from our primary 5 classes. (That topic we loved to hate because we had to interprete them).
African Proverbs are one of the many prides of African culture.
Since time immemorial, African proverbs have been used for passing important information, usually advise to people: especially the youth.
Mostly used by the elderly, these are wise sayings with hidden meanings. Usually, they are used by the wise/elderly (in Africa, wisdom is associated with age) therefore they can also be called wise sayings.
African proverbs are as many as the different cultures in Africa. I have come across a number of these sayings and i decided to share a few here. Enjoy the read, and have fun attempting to interprete them.

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A family is like a forest, when you are out, it is dense, when you are inside, you see that each tree has its place.
African Proverb.

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
African Proverb.

A fool has to say something, a wise person has something to say. African Proverb.

He who eats another man’s food will have his own food eaten by others.
Swahili Proverb.

If a coackroach wants to rule over the chicken, it must hire the fox as a bodyguard.
African Proverb.

One who plants grapes by the roadside, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem.
Ethiopian Proverb.

A close friend can become a close enemy.
African Proverb.

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.
Nigerian Proverb.

Eventhough the old man is strong and hearty, he cannot live forever.
African Proverb.

Anyone who sees beauty and doesnot look at it will soon be poor.
Yoruba Proverb.

If relatives help eachother, what evil can hurt them?
African Proverb.

If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty, if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness.
Nigerian Proverb.

You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.
Congolese Proverb.

Home affairs are not talked about on the public square.
African Proverb.

Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king.
African Proverb.

Every woman is beautiful until she speaks.
Zimbabwean Proverb.

The lizard that jumped from the high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.
Nigerian Proverb.

What is bad luck to one man is good luck to another.
African Proverb.

Coffee and love taste best when hot.
Ethiopian Proverb.

A beautiful thing is never perfect.
African Proverb.

A United family eats from the same plate.
Baganda Proverb.

Where you sit when you are old, shows where you stood when you were a youth.
African Proverb.

He that digs up a grave for the enemy may be digging it up for himself.
African Proverb.

No man can outwit the ancestors.
African Proverb.

The best way to eat an elephant in your path is to cut him up into little pieces.
African Proverb.

A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
African Proverb.

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
African Proverb.

Those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.
African Proverb.

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
Bondel Proverb.

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.
African Proverb.

Restless feet may walk into a snakepit.
African Proverb.

Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.
Tanzanian Proverb.

Only when you have crossed the river, can you say that the crocodile has a lump on his snout.
African Proverb.

An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a Proverb.
African Proverb.

When there is Peace in the country, the chief doesnot carry a shield.
Ugandan Proverb.

A bird will always use another bird’s feathers to feather its nest.
African Proverb.

Rain beats the leopard’s skin but it doesnot wash out its spots.
African Proverb.

A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.
Lesotho Proverb.

A child’s fingers are not scalded by the piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.
African Proverb.

What an old man sees while sitting, a young man cannot see even when he climbs the Iroko tree.
Nigerian Proverb.

The sturbbon fly follows the corpse to the grave.
African Proverb.

A fool is a wise man’s ladder.
African Proverb.

If you cant resolve ur problems in Peace, you cant solve war.
Somalian Proverb.

You start thinking when you run out of money.
Ghana Proverb.

If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as it is.
Egyptian Proverb.

A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries.
African Proverb.

When you follow the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.
African Proverb.

When there is love, there is no darkness.
Burundian Proverb.

Remove the log from your own eye before you remove the speck from another person’s eye.
Nigerian Proverb.

Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.
African Proverb.

The forest not only hides man’s enemies, but its full of man’s medicine, healing power and food.
African Proverb.

As porridge benefits those who heat and eat it, so does a child benefit those who rear it.
Amharic Proverb.

The Lion doesnot turn around when a small dog barks.
African proverb.

Thats’ all for the proverbs. I hope they were fun to read and interprete.
Atim.

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