Do not find fault with what you do not understand.

So said the Elders Au fait decisions African proverbs

Africa influenced the world in the area of thought and wisdom with proverbs. Much of the language and thought of Africans are expressed in proverbs.

Au fait proverbs about making decisions, in some African cultures, when a proverb is quoted, it is preceded with a statement “So said the elders...

Odenkyem, the crocodile, Adinkra symbol for prudence and practicality.
Odenkyem, the crocodile, Adinkra symbol for prudence and practicality. 

Reading and collecting African proverbs from your elders is the perfect place to begin your African culture journey.

So said the Elders Au fait decisions African proverbs

The mouth is responsible for discord among people.

A relative's slap hurts more than a stranger's.

A thing that comes does not beat a drum.

That which comes without work is a curse.

You should cross a stream before the floods come.

To ask is the desire to know the way.

Don't put the key to happiness in someone else's pocket.

The frown on the face of the goat will not stop it from being taken to the market.

To wash a donkey's tail is loss of time and soap.

The disobedient fowl obeys in a pot of soup.

The person who is not patient cannot eat well-cooked dishes.

The past years are in moonlight, the years to come are in darkness.

Even the best of women has still a devil's rib in her.

Under a glove the ugliest hand is hidden.

Where there is much learning, there is much fun too.


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