Getting to Know Africa Through Quotes and Sayings
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African quotes and sayings in the Swahili and English language with teaching explanations.
English - The eagle does not worry about the cleverness of a chicken.
Lesson - The proverb teaches that people in authority should be shown respect and people under them should not undermine their position of authority.
Swahili - Ni manyoya ambayo hufanya kuku awe mkubwa.
English - It is the feathers, which makes a chicken big.
Lesson - It is not a man’s size that makes him great, but his courage to achieve what he wants to. Through this proverb, we are encouraged to exhibit courage and determination.
Swahili - Kuku huwa hachagui kati ya vifaranga wake.
English - A hen does not choose among its young.
Lesson - He who wants to serve must not be motivated by evil intentions towards others. Neither should we look back at whatever happened in the past. One should forgive and forget and also not discriminate or revenge over past happenings.
Swahili - Wakati wa kukomaa ndio joogo huvunja bawa lake.
English - It is during growing that a cock breaks its wing.
Lesson - It is at the youth stage that we learn many things, trying to find ourselves. It is then that we can make a lot of mistake in life thus the need to be careful, not to make the worst of our lives.
Swahili - Ndege huketi juu ya mti anapenda
English - A bird sits on a tree it likes.
Lesson - This proverb teaches that everyone makes their own choices whether good or bad. You choose what you want your life to be.
The diverse continent of Africa is difficult to sum up in just a few African proverbs, quotes and sayings.
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