African proverbs have been used for centuries to pass wisdom and heritage from one generation to the next. Interpreted Meaning: We learn and grow when times are tough. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Mandinka An analogy for a wicked person pointing out another person's wickedness. You need other people's help and inputs. The same sun that melts the wax, hardens the clay Niger 10.
Knowledge is like a garden: If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested. The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. Meaning: Avoid copying someone else. You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.
Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble. People should not talk while they are eating or pepper may go down the wrong way. Meaning: Life is too short, and you only live it once. Meaning: Life is short, and you only live it once. He who loves, love you with your dirt. Similarly, the proverb also suggests that sitting around and talking loudly about doing something ultimately achieves nothing.
African proverbs can convey wisdom, truth, a discovery of ideas, as well as life lessons. Although they are very slow, their quietness, carefulness, and solitude lives protect them all the time. If you never have opposition, how can you begin to understand what works and what doesn't? It also points out the arrogance of trying to lecture the experienced on subjects that they are already familiar with. Sent by Amaka Cordis, Anambra, Nigeria. Much talking does not make you a leader.
I pray for the day when lions will get their own historians but until that day, the tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter including even the one who came home with mushrooms. Interpreted Meaning: There is strength in numbers. Meaning: What goes around, comes around so whatever you sow, you shall reap. What this means is that, the best way to solve a difficult problem is to solve it bit by bit. ~ Zimbabwe A ripe melon falls by itself. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled. ~ Nigerian proverb A camel does not tease another camel about its humps.
For example, traditional values regarding the male and female roles, money and wealth, and openness to change, all have their corresponding sayings. You still need to be persistent. ~ Namibian proverb To get lost is to learn the way. Meaning: What defines a man is the circumstances and people around him and if they are good, he turns out good. It requires a lot of carefullness to kill the fly that perches on the scrotum Ghana 6.
Meaning: The Universe is the best university. The snake is a very poisonous animal while the earthworm is harmless but because both the snake and the earthworm crawl on their bellies, it is normal to fear an earthworm once bitten by a snake. Meaning: Think before you act, especially when acting out of anger or fear. Had you known what bees eat, you would not have tasted honey. Taken less literally, it also refers to the importance of helping those that are less fortunate in order to create a stronger whole - whether that be a village, a country or the global human community. Do not criticize others as you are full of flaws too.
Meaning: To be fearful of experiencing a similar fate that has befallen you in the past. Meaning: Experience is the best teacher. ~ Zimbabwe proverb Meaning: All things happen when their times come Words are spoken with their shells; let the wise man come to shuck them. African leaders particularly enjoy speaking in proverbs and parables; although these two words are often used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. One or two leaders would be fine for any gathering. If you want to go far, go together.
Interpreted Meaning: When required, ask for help. When the cock is drunk, he forgets about the hawk. A Shona proverb sent by Rudo Kubare, Harare, Zimbabwe. An Igbo proverb sent by Unyime Esiet, Uyo, Nigeria. Water that has been begged for does not quench the thirst. People basically want to see proofs and not some vain promises. ~ Somalian proverb Nobody is born wise.
Meaning: Life is short, and you only live it once. What I like about Afrikaans idioms and proverbs are that they sound poetic because many of them rhyme. Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. Meaning: It means that you should not give up even when you failed to succeed in several times. The frown on the face of the goat will not stop it from being taken to the market Nigeria 8. Even the Niger River must flow around an island.