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25 Thought Provoking and Inspiring African Proverbs


 1. Nobody is born wise. ~ African proverb

2. Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem. ~ Akan proverb

3. Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. ~ Guinean proverb

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

5.  An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb

6.  A large chair does not make a king. ~ Sudanese proverb

7. Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. ~ Ethiopian proverb

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

9.  If relatives help each other, what evil can hurt them? ~ African proverb

10. Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.  ~ Gabon proverb

11. Poverty is slavery. ~Somalia

12. One cannot both feast and become rich. ~ Ashanti

13. Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. ~ Akan proverb

14. The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. ~ Yoruba

15. Money can’t talk, yet it can make lies look true. ~ South Africa

16. Wisdom does not come overnight. ~ Somali proverb

17. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. ~ Nigerian proverb

18. To get lost is to learn the way. ~ African proverb

19. By crawling a child learns to stand. ~ African proverb

20. You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla. ~Congolese proverb

21. Advice is a stranger; if he’s welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day. ~Malagasy Proverb

22. Where there are experts there will be no lack of learners. ~Swahili Proverb

23. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.  ~ Swahili saying

24. Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. ~ West African proverb

25. He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb


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October 4, 2018

2 responses on "25 Thought Provoking and Inspiring African Proverbs"

  1. Very educative

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