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African Proverbs

Words of Wisdom and Teaching from our Homeland's People passed down for centuries via oral tradition now published. All are welcome to post at anytime.

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AFRICAN PROVERBS for We Are Creative People!

For Members that would like to read about African Proverbs;

A nice concise set of African Proverbs books: African Proverbs I-III www.bookcraftafrica.comVol III is for children's reading


Another reference source:

Africa based site with extensive collection of proverbs in various languages with explanations, book reviews, bibliography.
There is a Facebook page :  African Proverbs: Sayings

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Yoruba Proverbs a starter list

Started by Madala Baba Fronse. Last reply by Madala Baba Fronse Mar 30, 2013. 10 Replies

Welcome to the electronic version of The Good Person: Excerpts from the Yorùbá Proverb Treasury, a collection of Yoruba  proverbs compiled and translated by Dr. Oyekan Owomoyela at the University of…Continue

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What Role Do African Proverbs Play in Culture Maintenance and Continuatio?

Started by Madala Baba Fronse. Last reply by Madala Baba Fronse Mar 7, 2013. 21 Replies

The Culture Storyteller in West Africa is name Griot.The African American Storytellers of today are writers, musicians, rappers, gospel singers.What stories do each tell?Continue

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Hausa Proverbs site

Started by Madala Baba Fronse. Last reply by Universal Divine Being AUSET Dec 29, 2012. 17 Replies

  www.special-dictionary.comWorld Proverbs Go to Hausa Proverbs sectionThis is a general site online to do research for meanings and…Continue

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The Dogon and their origins and key Proverbs

Started by Madala Baba Fronse. Last reply by Khidr Nov 17, 2012. 1 Reply

It is easy to see from this reporting that Kemetian Proverbs were dispersed throughout Afrika along with Knowledge and Wisdom sayings and Science.…Continue

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Comment by Madala Baba Fronse on July 19, 2014 at 8:39pm
SANKOFA, Looking back to learn and grow the future.
Comment by Universal Divine Being AUSET on May 25, 2014 at 1:04pm


Thanks Beloved Madala Baba Fronse.

My question is, what happens to the older feminine gender, they who WISDOM resides in?

An Elder/older being both genders, if they have never learned Divine Knowledge, under/inner/over standing (Wisdom), never learned this, that Library needs to burn down. All Elders/older beings aren't True Elders/older beings.


by R. C. BECKOM -R.C.'s proverb: "If you don't know what you're up against, You can't know what to do about it!  You will only find yourself going thru the emotions of the situation."


I totally agree.

Comment by R. C. BECKOM on May 25, 2014 at 11:52am

R.C.'s proverb: "If you don't know what you're up against, You can't know what to do about it!  You will only find yourself going thru the emotions of the situation."

Comment by TheArtiste Hassan on May 19, 2014 at 8:40am

African proverbs on Peace and Leadership
•Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenyan proverb
•War has no eyes ~ Swahili saying
•When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. ~Ashanti proverb
•Peace does not make a good ruler. ~Botswana proverb
•A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. ~ Lesotho proverb
•There can be no peace without understanding. ~Senegalese proverb
•Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. ~ African proverb
•If you can't resolve your problems in peace, you can't solve war. ~ Somalian proverb
•When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. ~Ugandan proverb
•When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled. ~ Swahili saying
•Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. ~ West African proverb
•He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
•An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb
•He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. ~ Ugandan proverb
•Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. ~ Tanzanian proverb
•Without a leader, black ants are confused. ~Ugandan proverb
•He who refuses to obey cannot command. ~ Kenyan proverb
•He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~Ugandan proverb
•A large chair does not make a king. ~ Sudanese proverb
•Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~ Ethiopian proverb
•Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. ~ Ethiopian proverb
•A leader who does not take advice is not a leader. ~ Kenyan proverb
•If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a body-guard. ~ Sierra Leone proverb
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Comment by Madala Baba Fronse on April 20, 2013 at 6:34pm
"The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever." - Angolan Proverb

Now there is a similar 'Mississippi Proverb' : Throw the rock, hide the hand.

Comment by Madala Baba Fronse on April 10, 2013 at 7:36pm
"Know that you have a role to play in the universe. The ancestors are asking you to be open to that role - and to do your very best to fulfill it. And if you're not sure what your role is, the ancestors are saying 'be patient" because in time you will. And when that role is revealed, so many things in your life that might not make sense now, will start to make sense. You'll understand why you had to experience certain things, and why certain people came into your life and why they had to leave. You'll understand everything you've been thinking, hearing, dreaming, seeing and feeling! And It will become clear, why you were born where you were born, why you live where you live now, and what your very next spiritual mission will be. The events of your life are not random; they only appear random to those who cannot see, hear or feel the higher order and force that gives life, order and meaning to all things." - James Weeks/ Across The King's River
Comment by Madala Baba Fronse on April 6, 2013 at 6:16pm

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no
battle unless there be two." - Seneca

Comment by Madala Baba Fronse on April 6, 2013 at 5:53pm

Respect for Nature <br / ‘Nature is the principal book out of which all wisdom is learned. ...

Respect for Nature ‘Nature is the principal book out of which all wisdom is learned. It is the place where initiation happens. It is the place from where medicine comes. It nourishes the entire community." Malidoma Somé – Ritual
Comment by Madala Baba Fronse on April 3, 2013 at 8:15pm
When an old man dies a library burns to the ground. - African proverb
Comment by Madala Baba Fronse on March 31, 2013 at 10:02am

BY THE SCARS WE SHALL KNOW AND BE KNOWN. There is no Easter without scars to show. It is impossible to deal with the idea of scars without making reference to the crises or situations from which they are acquired. The Agikuyu (of Central Kenya) have a proverb that says “Mwana muugiti ndagaga ruhara” literary translated as “a quarrelsome/provocative child is rarely without scars.”


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