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Friday, February 5, 2016

Wisdom is not in the eye, but in the head

In the African Kanuri language the elders say, “Angalte simlan gani kdrgd, kdldlan kdrgd, wisdom is not in the eye, but in the head.”


African Kanuri Wisdom Proverb



Wisdom is not in the eye, but in the head ~African Proverb


The Kanuri language has around 4 million speakers in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, Libya and the Sudans. Kanuri is used as a medium of instruction in primary schools in Nigeria and Niger, and it is possible to study Kanuri up to PhD level.


Kanuri also known as the Bornu language is associated with the Kanem-Bornu Empire that existed in modern day Chad and Nigeria from 1380 to until around 1893. Kanuri include several subgroups and dialect groups, some of whom feel themselves distinct from the Kanuri. Most trace their origins to ruling lineages of the Kanem-Bornu Empire provinces. 


The largest populations of Kanuri reside in the northeast corner of Nigeria, where the ceremonial Emirate of Bornu traces direct descent from the Kanem-Bornu Empire, founded sometime before 1000 CE. In southeastern Niger, where they form the majority of the sedentary population, the Kanuri are commonly called Bare Bari. The Kanuri became Muslims in the 11th century. 


Kanem became a center of Muslim learning and the Kanuri soon controlled all the area surrounding Lake Chad and a powerful empire called Kanem Empire, which reached its height in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Kanuri is the language associated with the Kanem and Bornu empires that dominated the Lake Chad region for a thousand years.




Beautiful short Kanuri Bride Video



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