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Wise African Proverbs


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African proverbs on Learning

  • Learning expands great souls. ~ Namibian proverb
  • To get lost is to learn the way. ~ African proverb
  • If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. ~ African proverb
  • By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree. ~ Buganda proverb
  • You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win. ~ African proverb
  • You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. ~ Bateke proverb
  • The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat. ~ African proverb
  • By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. ~Ashanti proverb
  • You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla. ~Congolese proverb
  • What you learn is what you die with. ~ African proverb
  • Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. ~Moroccan Proverb
  • When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. ~Ashanti Proverb
  • Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off. ~African Proverb
  • Advice is a stranger; if he’s welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day. ~Malagasy Proverb

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African proverbs on Peace & Leadership
  • A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. ~ Lesotho proverb
  • Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. ~ African proverb
  • He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
  • An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb
  • He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. ~ Ugandan proverb
  • Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. ~ Tanzanian proverb
  • He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~Ugandan proverb
  • Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~ Ethiopian proverb

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African proverbs on Unity & Community

  • Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~ Bondei proverb
  • It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African proverb
  • Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you. ~ African proverb
  • Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper. ~ Tanzanian proverb
  • A single bracelet does not jingle. ~ Congolese proverb
  • A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. ~ African proverb

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African proverbs on Family

  • If I am in harmony with my family, that’s success. ~ Ute proverb
  • Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family. ~ Ethiopian proverb
  • Home affairs are not talked about on the public square. ~ African proverb

African proverbs on Friendship
  • A friend is someone you share the path with. ~ African proverb
  • Show me your friend and I will show you your character. ~ African proverb
  • Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you. ~ African proverb
  • Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough. ~ African proverb
  • Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.  ~ Gabon proverb

African Proverbs on Beauty

African proverbs on Beauty
  • If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness. ~Nigerian Proverb
  • The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart. ~Baluba proverb
  • Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty. ~Nigerian Proverb
  • You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty. ~Congolese Proverb
  • The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. ~Ganda Proverb
  • Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a beautiful face. ~Moroccan Proverb
  • A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character. ~Congolese Proverb
  • A pretty basket does not prevent worries. ~Congolese Proverb
  • It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons. ~African Proverb
  • The most beautiful fig may contain a worm. ~Zulu Proverb
  • It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir. ~African Proverb
  • A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner. ~African Proverb
  • There is always a winner even in a monkey’s beauty contest. ~African Proverb
  • Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride. ~Egyptian Proverb
  • Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald ~ yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones. ~Egyptian Proverb
  • When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master weavers. ~Igbo Proverb
  • A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. ~African Proverb
  • If you find “Miss This Year” beautiful, then you’ll find “Miss Next Year” even more so. ~Nigerian Proverb

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 African proverbs on Love & Marriage
  • A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries. ~ African proverb
  • If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is. ~ Egyptian proverb
  • Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack it to see what is inside. ~ Ghanaian proverb
African proverbs on Patience
  • Hurry, hurry has no blessings. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~ Bantu proverb
  • To run is not necessarily to arrive. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Patience can cook a stone. ~ African proverb
  • A patient man will eat ripe fruit. ~ African proverb
  • At the bottom of patience one finds heaven. ~ African proverb
  • A patient person never misses a thing. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. ~ Ibo proverb
  • However long the night, the dawn will break. ~ African proverb (personal favourite!)
African proverbs on Wealth, Riches, Money & Poverty
  • The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. ~ Yoruba
  • Having a good discussion is like having riches ~ Kenya
  • Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can. ~ Ashanti

African proverbs on Food

  • If you see a man in a gown eating with a man in rags, the food belongs to the latter. ~Fulani Proverb
  • They ate our food, and forgot our names. ~Tunisian Proverb
  • An abundance of food at your neighbour’s will not satisfy your hunger. ~Bayaka Proverb
  • Food you will not eat you do not boil. ~African Proverb
  • When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. ~Zambian Proverb
  • Happiness is as good as food. ~Maasai Proverb
  • Good words are food, bad words poison. ~Malagasy Proverb
  • The goat says: “Where there is blood, there is plenty of food.” ~Ghanaian Proverb
  • Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
  • The forest provides food to the hunter after he is utterly exhausted. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
  • Fine words do not produce food. ~Nigerian Proverb
  • If you watch your pot, your food will not burn. ~Mauritanian, Nigerian, and Niger Proverb
  • A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. ~African Proverb
  • Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is. ~Haussa Proverb
  • When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  • Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. ~Ibo Proverb
  • A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  • Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth. ~Malagasy Proverb
  • The grasshopper which is always near its mother eats the best food. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  • The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry. ~Bayombe Proverb

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Keys To Good Communication


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Happy Sunday!

Here is a nice devotional for today that focuses on communication. I believe good communication is so important. Here are some key basic principles to get down in your spirit that will help you be well on the way to happy, productive relationships.

Honesty. If you want to get off on the right foot with others, be honest and straightforward from the start.

Tact. It’s important to be honest, but it’s also important to be loving and considerate in your presentation, especially with people who are naturally sensitive or when the subject could be sensitive.

Wisdom. Wisdom is what helps you be tactful. You’ll find a lot of useful wisdom within the pages of the Bible, but you can also get wisdom that is tailor made for each situation by asking God for it. That is promised in the Bible, but you need to ask.

Love. You may not do or say everything right, but if others see that you are motivated by love and concern, little problems or misunderstandings are less likely to become big ones.

Prayer. Sometimes praying together about a shared situation can help things click between two people like nothing else.

Positiveness. Being upbeat usually elicits a like response.

Timing. Knowing when to say something is often as important as knowing what to say. So is knowing when not to say anything.

Approachability. Dictionary definitions of approachable include accessible; easy to meet, know, talk with, etc.; friendly. When someone knows you will take time for him or her, you’ve won a friend.

Attentiveness. Listen to what others have to say without interrupting, trying to hurry them along, or finishing their sentences for them. Nothing opens a channel for constructive dialogue better than being a good listener.

Open-mindedness. People’s opinions and the way they approach problems are as different as people themselves. Letting others express their thoughts and feelings conveys respect and fosters positive, fruitful exchanges. People will be much more at ease with you and more likely to turn to you for advice if they know you will be open to what they have to say, even if you don’t agree.

Empathy. Be sensitive to others’ likes and dislikes, needs, and moods. Put yourself in their shoes. Practice the Golden Rule.

A sense of humor. A little laughter can be just the thing to keep potentially difficult exchanges from getting too intense. Lighten up!

Clarity. There would be a lot fewer misunderstandings between people if they didn’t beat around the bush or rely so much on hints. Don’t leave others guessing; say what you mean. If you’re not sure they understand your point, ask them.

Effort. Sometimes communicating is plain hard work.

Consistency. People who communicate regularly understand each other better and are more likely to be able to work through problems when they come up.

Colossians 4:6 ESV – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Psalm 141:3 ESV – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!