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    Greetings sisters and brothers,

    This thread is for us to share, compare, learn the wise words of our cultures from ancient times to present. Please add to it and discuss as you're moved to. As the Igbo say...

    Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.


    Let us eat well brothers and sisters!

  • #2
    • Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ~ Ewe proverb

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    • #3
      • Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. ~ Akan proverb

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      • #4
        • The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat. ~ African proverb

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          Ɔfatwafo akatua ne owuo
          The payment for a traitor is death.

          Akan proverb

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          • #6
            Nwaanyi muta ite ofe mmiri mmiri, di ya amuta ipi utara aka were suru ofe.
            (If a woman decides to make the soup watery, the husband will learn to dent the foofoo before dipping it into the soup.)


            Insight: one should learn to change tactics to suit a situation.

            Igbo proverb

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            • #7
              Eji Aah nyẹlẹn ọhle Aah khọ.
              People resemble where they live.

              Esan proverb

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              • #8
                He who sees a rough river and tries to cross with a small canoe should not blame God.

                Ijaw proverb

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                • #9
                  A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.

                  Ethiopian proverb

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                  • #10
                    The axe forgets, but the tree remembers.

                    Shona proverb

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                    • #11
                      A child's lie is like a dead fish in a pond that in the end, always comes to the surface, explains his mother.

                      Luo proverb

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                      • #12
                        Kari nda gatiiyumburaga
                        The word that remains in the belly does not mean anything.
                        (Speak up, speak the truth.)

                        Kikuyu proverb

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                        • #13
                          One whose mother-in-law has fallen in a well does not consider the price of the rope.
                          Fulani proverb

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                          • #14
                            Kan darbe yaadatani, isa gara fuula dura itti yaaddu
                            By remembering the past, the future is remembered.

                            Oromo proverb

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                            • #15
                              If you do not have sandals, find some; if you do not have gun powder, find some for a score to settle with you on the battle grounds.

                              Akan proverb

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