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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My fathers' legendary African sayings and quotes

My fathers' legendary African sayings and quotes

Yoruba -Iwa ẹwa iyawo wa ninu iwa rẹ, kii ṣe oju rẹ. 

English- A wife's beauty is in her character, not her looks.

My father spoke in African proverbs, but for many years, I did not notice. Only after, I completed my graduate studies and began teaching, when my parents came from Benin to visit with me in New York, did I become aware of the sayings in his conversation. He interlaced his anecdotes and narratives with proverbs, and parables from his parents. I began to pay attention. Although no doubt, over the years he had honed the art of speaking African proverbs and had become more accomplished in their citation, proverbs and parables were part of his conversations always.

My fathers' legendary African sayings and quotes have many lessons in African culture and beyond.

If the herders are many the sheep will get lost.
You cannot hold two breadfruits in one hand.
Do not say its wheat until you harvest it.
Well begun, is half done.
A small hole not mended in time will become a big hole much more difficult to mend.
Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as traveling ten thousand miles.

Wisdom does not come overnight.
An innocent demeanor may hide much guilt.
Deal gently with the bird you mean to catch.
The bonds between soldiers of a battle are stronger than family ties.
Love has twenty pairs of eyes.

A little fish is a supper for a large fish.
Wisdom goes not always by years.
A golden bit does not make the horse any better.
Trust is built and maintained by many small actions over time.
Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls.

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