Proverbs are the index of the inner life of African people
African proverbs and sayings are the wisdom and humor of ancient elders and ancestors
Though many African common sayings and proverbs seem simple to the common person and even coarse to the wisest and noblest of educators, there is complexity in simplicity. The resolute character of the ancestors enabled them to not only win their independence but to learn from suffering patience the many trials and disappointment in fighting for freedom.
When troubles hovered over many African ancestors, community proverb sayings contained the wisdom of many nations and placed them side-by-side with those hopes and dreams sent up high. It would have been natural for the ancestor and their use of proverbs to contain vision and unity or they would perish. The best proverbs are born out of fear and aggravation; fear of the unknown and aggravation of helplessness. Good proverbs do not need d…