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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What is an African proverb?

“Do good because of tomorrow”

What is an African proverb?

African proverbs communicate timeless insight about truth and sincerity, kindness and wickedness and wisdom and foolishness. African proverbs touch the place in our hearts where we are silent, listening to the wise words of our ancestors.

Traditional African seed storage unit
African proverbs articulate the aged wisdom of African people. Proverbs are the means to the understanding life and African existence, survival and humor from ancient times to the present. 

African people possess wisdom expressing the wisdom in an interesting way through use of wise short sayings. African proverbs express the timeless insight of African people. 

Wise sayings in the language of proverbs have been passed down for generations in African culture.


  Six popular African Proverbs

Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.

Laughter does not show friendship

If the hen stops clucking, what will she use to train her children?

A wise person does not fall down on the same hill twice.


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