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.
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.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
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.
If a coackroach wants to rule over the chicken, it must hire the fox as a bodyguard.
One who plants grapes by the roadside, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem.
A close friend can become a close enemy.
When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.
Eventhough the old man is strong and hearty, he cannot live forever.
Anyone who sees beauty and doesnot look at it will soon be poor.
If relatives help eachother, what evil can hurt them?
If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty, if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness.
You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.
Home affairs are not talked about on the public square.
Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king.
Every woman is beautiful until she speaks.
The lizard that jumped from the high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.
What is bad luck to one man is good luck to another.
Coffee and love taste best when hot.
A beautiful thing is never perfect.
A United family eats from the same plate.
Where you sit when you are old, shows where you stood when you were a youth.
He that digs up a grave for the enemy may be digging it up for himself.
No man can outwit the ancestors.
The best way to eat an elephant in your path is to cut him up into little pieces.
A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.
Restless feet may walk into a snakepit.
Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.
Only when you have crossed the river, can you say that the crocodile has a lump on his snout.
An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a Proverb.
When there is Peace in the country, the chief doesnot carry a shield.
A bird will always use another bird’s feathers to feather its nest.
Rain beats the leopard’s skin but it doesnot wash out its spots.
A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.
A child’s fingers are not scalded by the piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.
What an old man sees while sitting, a young man cannot see even when he climbs the Iroko tree.
The sturbbon fly follows the corpse to the grave.
A fool is a wise man’s ladder.
If you cant resolve ur problems in Peace, you cant solve war.
You start thinking when you run out of money.
If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as it is.
A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries.
When you follow the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.
When there is love, there is no darkness.
Remove the log from your own eye before you remove the speck from another person’s eye.
Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.
The forest not only hides man’s enemies, but its full of man’s medicine, healing power and food.
As porridge benefits those who heat and eat it, so does a child benefit those who rear it.
The Lion doesnot turn around when a small dog barks.
Thats’ all for the proverbs. I hope they were fun to read and interprete.
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