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Friday, February 1, 2019

Your lips are your enemy

Your lips are your enemy

Here are 30 ancestral African proverbs and sayings on love, hate, war and peace; the messages are clear.


Teach everything you know


Strong black women 1939 Madagascar Island
1939 Madagascar Island
African proverbs are common African sayings used by honored ancestry. The African proverb is not only used by regular peoples but also by the wisest and brightest of world scholars.


By using African proverbs, parents encourage their children, teachers instructed their pupils, authors impressed their readers, orators moved their auditors and preachers warned and guided their congregations in ways of uprightness and truth.


Leaders of men in all departments of life have used African proverbs with confidence and power and quoted them freely in their meetings and counsels. African proverbs have enriched the tales of travelers, strengthened the convictions of moralists, been received as warnings by the wayward, furnished rules of conduct for tradesmen, consoled the downtrodden and depressed and stimulated the young to an earnest endeavor.


In ancient times, the influence of African proverbs over the hearts and lives of kinsmen was second only to the words from God. Few people dared to question the African proverb truthfulness and authority. African proverbs enabled them not only to win their independence but to overcome the many trials and disappointments inseparable from the task of building up a new kingdom.



Through African proverbs as through African folklore, songs, traditions, rhymes, superstitions, and customs, we trace the moral and ethical development of African wisdom and learn the workings of the mind.


They are the wisdom of the ages, but their wisdom is not found in their depth of thought or breadth of vision but rather in what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called their "common sense in an uncommon degree." Their wisdom is not the wisdom of the schools but of the village, the farm, and the elder.


Kenyan African sisters 1920
Kenyan African sisters 1920


Thirty ancestral African proverbs and sayings on love, hate, war and peace



Optimism leads to riches and pessimism leads to poverty.  - Ghanaian Proverb


A man dies, but his word lives forever.    - Sudanese Proverb


Your lips are your enemy.  – Ethiopian Proverb


If you want to eat honey, follow the bees.  South African Proverb


If generously shared, a flea can be bitten twice. - Ghanaian Proverb


You will die poor if you rely on relatives. – Rwandan Proverb


One should either become a pillar or lean against one.   – Ethiopian Proverb


A wise man plans for tomorrow, a fool plans only for today.  - Ugandan Proverb


The patient person eats ripe fruit. - Ghanaian Proverb


Learn politeness from the impolite.  – Egyptian Proverb


When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. - Ghanaian Proverb

An Army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an Army of lions led by a sheep.  Kenyan Proverb


A large chair does not make a king. - South Sudanese Proverb


The way a chief acts affects the entire village. - Ugandan Proverb


A king cannot reign without the support of the elders. - Burundian Proverb


Words of a good King do not lock all the doors; they leave the right door open. – Zambian proverb


When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. - Ugandan Proverb


The wise chief does not eat from two sides. - Malawian Proverb


He who fears the sun will not become chief. - Ugandan Proverb


When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. - Ghanaian Proverb


When you befriend a chief, remember that he sits on a rope. – Ugandan proverb






The sole of the foot is exposed to all the dirt of the road. - Malawian Proverb


Wisdom is not in the eye, but in the head. – eSwatini Proverb


A person being prepared beforehand is better than after-reflection. – The Gambia Proverb


A sharp word is as tough as a bowstring.  – Togolese Proverb

Working on a coffee plantation 1939 Kenya
Working on a coffee plantation 1939 Kenya


He who forgives ends the quarrel.  – Liberian Proverb


Throats are alike in swallowing. – Tanzanian Proverb


A sharp word cannot be cured. – eSwatini Proverb


If you seek to obtain by force, what God has not given you will not receive it– Ghanaian saying


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