Wisdom of African Proverbs get some African wisdom in your life

Wisdom of African Proverbs get some African wisdom in your life

Wisdom of African Proverbs get some African wisdom in your life. Here are African proverbs that will teach you about love, life and family. Read our great selection of African proverbs illustrated with photos.



Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The people who rescue and kill

Unique Language of Zulu South African Proverbs

The unique language of a Zulu South African Proverb are embellished with figurative expressions, some of which are quickly understood, but others need explanation.



Unique Language of Zulu South African Proverbs



Unique Language of Zulu South African Proverbs 

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Ulahla imbo yako ngopoyiyana
You have cast away your own for that which you are not sure of.
This proverb is equivalent to the English one; A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.



Yimbabala yolwantunge
He is a buck of an endless forest.
A saying applied to a shiftless person, one who never continues long in any occupation.



Uzipembela emoyeni
You are lighting a fire in the wind.
Said to anyone who favors strangers in preference to relatives, or friends.



Yintlolela yombini
A spy for both.
Said of a snitch.



Akuko ramncwa lingagqimiyo kowalo umxuma
There is no beast that does not roar in its den.
This proverb means that a man recognizes no superior in his own establishment.



Inja yomoya
A dog of the wind.
A saying applied to anyone who has no settled plan of living.



Ukaka kampetu
The shield turned the wrong way.
This saying is applied to anyone who goes over from one party to another. It is a common expression for one who turns evidence against accomplices in crime.



Ngumpa wezala
It is a cob stripped of maize in an ashpit.
Said of a worthless character.



Isinama ndokunamatela
I, the grass, will stick fast to you.
The isinama is a kind of grass that sticks to one's clothing when it is touched, and can hardly be brushed off afterwards. This proverb is used as a warning to anyone to avoid a bad habit or an unworthy companion that cannot easily be got rid of.



Alitshonanga lingenandaba
The sun never sets without fresh news.
There is always hope for the new day to come.



Amaqotyazana angalaliyo emzini
They are people of experience who do not sleep in a strange place.
This proverb is used in praise of one who is smart in going a message, or who performs any duty at a distance quickly.



Wokolwa yeyokosa
You will prefer roasted meat.
This saying is applied to anyone who is boasting immoderately, as a warning that if he does not take care he will get into trouble when he will be glad to take whatever comes to hand. He will prefer roast meat because it is easily cooked, and he will have neither time nor means to boil it. This saying is also used as a threat, as if one said, I will punish you thoroughly.



Kuhla ngamqalamnye
Throats are all alike in swallowing.
This proverb is used when one asks another for anything, and implies, If you do not give to me now, I will not give to you when I have anything that you would like a share of.


Omasiza mbulala
The people who rescue and kill.
This saying is applied to Europeans. It first arose from the heavy demands made by Lord Charles Somerset upon the Ngqika people who were a royal Xhosa who lived west of the Great Kei River in return for English protection, it is sometimes put in this form, the people who protect with one hand and kill with the other.



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Good King African Proverbs

Good King African Proverbs

Good King African Proverbs



African Proverbs
African Proverbs

Approach the throne reverently, use power sensitively and wisely.


Who Sits Upon The Throne African Proverbs



A large chair does not make a king. - Sudanese Proverb

The way a chief acts affects the entire village. - Ugandan Proverb

A king cannot reign without the support of the elders. - Burundian Proverb

Words of a good King do not lock all the doors; they leave the right door open. – Zambian proverb

When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. - Ugandan Proverb

The wise chief does not eat from two sides. - Malawian Proverb

He who fears the sun will not become chief. - Ugandan Proverb

When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. - Ghana Proverb

When you befriend a chief remember that he sits on a rope. – Ugandan proverb




When great leaders use power wisely, they warrant allegiance and dedication long after they have passed away from this earth.


African Proverbs

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Politics African Proverbs

Politics African Proverbs

Borana Oromo people Kenyan African Proverbs



Living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, the Borana tribe have a long history of conflict, cattle raiding and fights over water and grazing among its various pastoral communities.


War has no eyes
War has no eyes

Politics, pastureland, conflict, War has no eyes Borana Oromo African proverbs





Fighting between the Borana and Gharri tribes historically erupts inside Ethiopia and Somalia along the Kenyan border, over water and grazing land. Both tribes are traditional pastoralists.The hard red earth shows through the thin grass of the sun-baked landscape, a wide expanse of thorny scrub, flat-topped thorn-trees and tall red anthills. Like almost all pastoralists in Africa, Borana men habitually go armed to defend their flocks but many are displaced.


Oromo African proverbs

Bir baani, dubbit affa ; d’uggadubbe tani namat wald’aba.
If facts are ignored, justice cannot be rendered yet, if one refuses to ignore the facts enemy is created.



Mali ijeese warani lubbu kuta 
The plan kills, the weapon only does the deed.


Nafi abba took abbatokot qoricha. 
A person’s life is precious to him but nothing to someone else.


African Proverbs

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Meaning of Sankofa

An eye that the vultures peck at does not see; an ear that the vultures peck at does not hear – West African Proverb

What Is The Meaning Of Sankofa

Sankofa is visually expressed as a bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg symbolizing the future in or near its mouth.



Sankofa is a word in the Twi (pronounced Tree) language of the Akan people of West Africa that translates to GO BACK AND GET IT san - to return ko - to go fa - to fetch to seek and take.

Sankofa


Used as a symbol of knowledge the world over, the concept of sankofa is derived from the Akan people of West Africa. The term sankofa comes from the words "san" (return), "ko" (go), and "fa" (look, seek, and take). The past illuminates the present, Sankofa Asante Adinkra symbol means know your history is to know yourself; the search for knowledge is a lifelong process.


The Akan believe that the past illuminates the present and that the search for knowledge is a lifelong process. The Sankofa symbol illustrates the quest for knowledge and the importance of learning from the past. Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.  


Visually and symbolically Sankofa is expressed as a bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg symbolizing the future in or near its mouth. Sankofa means return and get it, symbolizing the importance of learning from the past. Sankofa also stands for you can always correct your mistakes or with wisdom use past experiences to build a promising future. Know your history is to know yourself.




Did you know?

Sankofa has a second popular symbol which was the original symbol derived from the Akan people of West Africa.

Sankofa

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

African inspirational and motivational quotations about love and life


African inspirational and motivational quotations about love and life

African inspirational and motivational sayings about love and life for daily motivation. African proverbs are full of so much wisdom they will inspire you to be successful in life family and love. Wisdom is truly wealth.




African Proverbs



It is not always the one who speaks the loudest who wins the dispute.


A diamond does not lose its value due to lack of admiration.



A broom is sturdy because its strands are tightly bound.




The path leads towards love, not thorns.


If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the backs of those who came before us.


You will then learn your measure, when you spend a night with yourself.


Look at a person’s deeds, not whether they are tall or short.


Who dies inside has lost.


Although there are many roads, there is only one that is the straightest.


A person’s values are not crushed by passing storms.



Who today is humiliated easily, tomorrow will be lost.


Until one dies, others will not be satisfied.

African proverb quotes for children


African inspirational proverb quotes for children


Never give up - The tree does not fall at the first stroke.


Diligence - For the last-comer the bones.


Fearlessness - Not every dog that barks bites.


Friendship - The mouth is responsible for discord among people.


Ask for help - A good swimmer is not safe from drowning.


Inner beauty - A fine cage will not feed the bird.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Good Advice You Should Take Today


Good Advice You Should Take Today

Take good care of yourself and listen to good advice today



When you listen to good advice, take it in and pass it on. Advice can come in the form of quotes and sayings or actions. The depth and range of good advice intelligence is not limited to those who follow a straight and narrow path, often times the best advice comes from those who have been there, done that and learned the hard way.



Good Advice You Should Take Today


Good Advice You Should Take Today



Good Advice You Should Take Today


Good Advice You Should Take Today


Good Advice You Should Take Today




Remember good advice given today

Manure doesn’t turn into chocolate.
By a sweet tongue and kindness you can drag an elephant with a strand of hair.
Do not choose for anyone what you do not choose for yourself.
Everyone thinks their own spit tastes good.
You can't polish a turd.

Good Advice You Should Take Today

Manure doesn’t turn into chocolate.
By Photographed in Jamaica Queens New York Date uploaded: July 14, 2018 Remember good advice given today

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

African Proverbs to put a funny smile in your day

Funny African Proverbs

African proverbs are funny at times with pearls of wisdom wrapped in humor to give us ancestral insight from Africa.

African Proverbs to put a funny smile in your day




However much the buttocks are in a hurry, they will always remain behind. Cameroonian Proverb

However much the buttocks are in a hurry, they will always remain behind. Cameroonian Proverb


Do not mistake a short man for a boy. African Proverb

Do not mistake a short man for a boy. African Proverb


Congo Funny African Proverb

The monkey who tries to see the hunter clearly collects bullets in its eyes. Congolese Proverb


You cannot run and scratch your ass at the same time. Ghanaian Proverb

You cannot run and scratch your ass at the same time. Ghanaian Proverb



Relationships African Proverbs Husband Wife Marriage

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


Control Your Anger African Proverbs

Do not respond to a mosquito with a hammer because you will miss and hurt yourself.  Kenyan Proverb




Words to remember about a smile

All people smile in the same language.

A smile remains the most inexpensive gift to give to anyone.

Every smile makes you a day younger.

Words to remember about a smile