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Staff Picks 16 African Proverbs We Really Love

Chic African Culture Staff Picks 16 of their favorite African Proverbs.



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Staff pick favorite African proverbs
One of the ways we celebrate our staff at Chic African Culture is through the Staff Picks on the homepage. 

We are an eclectic group of readers and writers with broad interests and strong feelings about the articles and the information we place on our website blog.

Sharing our 16 favorite and memorable African Proverbs was a tough job. 

However, Baaratou Abubakar, Karimou Karidjo, Sunu Nama and Bema Soro got the job done and here are their favorite African proverbs.

Staff Picks 16 favorite African Proverbs


Suffering is a teacher - African Proverb
Abubakar Favorite African Proverbs
Baaratou Abubakar is Chic African Culture’s content editor since April 2009. Abubakar says, “It was hard to narrow my list down to four proverbs, I mean only four proverbs from the millions my family handed down over the years!  I choose the following proverbs because I remember my grandfather and father living as real men with very little book learning but a wealth of living knowledge, truth and principles”

·       Suffering is a teacher.
·       Truth crosses fire without being burnt.
·       The one who does not ask does not learn.
·       Days look alike but they are not the same. 


Every town has its own way of cutting up a chicken. African Proverbs
Karidjo favorite African Proverbs

Karimou Karidjo is Chic African Culture’s layout designer since December 2009.  Karidjo says “Growing up I was painfully shy and had trouble making friends. I choose people who choose me and I learned the hard way in life many times over”

·        The beginning is hard.
·        Every town has its own way of cutting up a chicken.
·        The chicken is never proven innocent in the court of the hawks.
·        The crocodile does not have babies that end up acting like fish.



The patient person eats ripe fruit. - African Proverb
Nama favorite African Proverbs

Sunu Nama is Chic African Culture’s lead researcher since January 2010. Nama says “In my family if you are not a go-getter running fast and furious then you will never be a winner. I choose my four proverbs because they remind me everyone is different and now I understand that is ok.”

·       The patient person eats ripe fruit.
·       One who loves does not take revenge.
·       A little is better than too little.
·       Whoever counts the mistakes of a lover will never be loved.


The youth can walk faster but the elder knows the road. African Proverb
Soro favorite African Proverbs

Bema Soro is Chic African Culture’s social engineer since its online inception February 2008. Soro says, “I lost my sister to an accident when we were very young. I will never forget the kindness shown to my family by friends and neighbors. The experience touches me deeply still to this very day. My proverbs keep the small voice inside me motivated to never fall for the lie kindness and families are a thing of the past”

·       The basket that was used to carry a gift to a neighbor will bring back another gift.
·       Blessing is like the wind, even when doors are closed it enters.
·       A tree without roots cannot survive the wind.
·       The youth can walk faster but the elder knows the road.

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