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16 African Proverbs You Should Remember In 2016

Africa is known for several things, but the inherent wisdom of the continent’s diverse cultures is often undervalued. We’re doing our part to correct that by sharing sixteen of our favourite African proverbs with you ahead of 2016. Share them in turn. 1. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try […]

Africa is known for several things, but the inherent wisdom of the continent’s diverse cultures is often undervalued. We’re doing our part to correct that by sharing sixteen of our favourite African proverbs with you ahead of 2016. Share them in turn.

1. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito. – Various countries

2. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. – Uganda

3. Only a fool tests the depth of water with both feet. – Various countries

4. No matter how many times you wash a goat, it will smell like a goat. – Ethiopia

5. Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. – Ghana

6. Respect is as big as a cow and a warrior. – Kenya

7. A person’s life is dependent on a listening ear. – Zambia

8. No person is wise at all times. – Somalia

9. Don’t make a goat your friend if your skirt is made of leaves. – Nigeria

10. An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend. – Senegal

11. The heart of a fool is in his mouth and the mouth of the wise man is in his heart. – Ethiopia

12. If someone called ‘Nakedness’ promises you a piece of cloth, you should listen to his name. – Ghana

13. One who hides sickness will not be cured. – Malawi

14. A good name is better than a good perfume. – Ethiopia

15. It is better to be a lion for a day than to be a sheep all your life. – Ghana

16. A man doesn’t go far from where his corn is roasting. – Nigeria

What other African proverbs can you think of? Sound off in the comments.