African Moral Lessons Through Swahili African Proverbs
Swahili Proverbs are short sayings with a message that teaches a moral lesson.
Wisdom in the form of Swahili African Proverbs.
Swahili - Hekima inaweza kupatikana kwa kila mtu si tu kwa watu fulani.
English - Wisdom can be got from anyone. It is shared and it is not a monopoly of one person.
Moral - It teaches that we should listen to all people regardless of who they are.
Swahili - Kuni moja haiwezi kuwasha moto.
English - One piece of firewood does not light a fire.
Moral - We can better solve issues when we involve other people who can help us deal with matters. A problem shared is half solved, because it reduces the burden of struggling to resolve problems alone.
Swahili - Usitegemee rafiki yako kutoa kwa akutun; pigana vita yako mwenyewe.
English - Do not rely on your friend to provide for you; fight your own battle.
Moral - Self-reliance is the mother of all ventures’. The proverb teaches that we should learn to be self-reliant and depend on our efforts to succeed in life. Struggle as an individual without waiting for others to accomplish things for you.
Swahili - Mtoto wa mtu mkarimu hawezi kukaa na jaa.
English - The child of a generous person never starves.
Moral - Good deeds are always rewarded. When you help people when they need your help, they will help you and your family in the future.
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Who Are the Swahili in Africa
The Swahili inhabitants of the coastal areas of Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique share a unique history, language, and cultural traditions. Some Swahili intellectual’s assert Swahili culture dates back to 100 A.D. when an anonymous Greek traveler and author of The Periplus of the Erytharaean Sea wrote about a place in East Africa, which Arabs frequented to trade with those living on the mainland. This history is closely tied to Indian Ocean trade routes linking India, the Arabian Peninsula, and Africa. Despite the shared history and language of the peoples of the Swahili Coast, it remains difficult to describe a Swahili culture.
The Swahili language is spoken by 50 million plus people especially in East Africa – it is listed as the national language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda. People in parts of DR Congo, Rwanda and Mozambique also speak Swahili. Twitter is one of the few social media platforms to recognize Swahili words and offer translations of the widely spoken and written East and Southern African language in 2018.
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