African Proverbs 5.0


This time we will limit the theme of the quotes to wisdom. You see, the ancestors are deeply rooted in African, especially South-African culture from the olden days. I am not condoning ancestor worship, meaning traditions that include witchdoctors with the isangomas and such. You know doing things like King Saul which did not end well for him. These ways seems to be one of the big sins holding Israel back today. The biggest perhaps being not accepting Immanuel for Who he was... However there was something in honouring the ancestor (genealogies are riddled in the Old Testament) and it certainly was a big thing in Scripture. Tracing your origins and the sayings of your people. Knowing those that came before you. This was even central to being able to pinpoint where Immanuel The Messiah came from, also a part of the New Testament. Which means, this should be important to at least know about. The fun practise with a collection of quotes like these is trying to find Biblical references in them. If the Bible and the Word of So NiNi is truth, why not place the truth up against some of these old and modernised sayings, and see which of these encouragements, warnings or just odd and quirky advices, can be of use today. Which ones holds water and which ones lets it slip between the fingers? So in the Spirit of Truth, with a dash of King Solomon, lets collected some wise sayings and put them to the light. Enjoy !

Xhosa women, dressed up in their traditional attire. Eastern Cape

When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.

~Ashanti Proverb


Wisdom is wealth.

~ Swahili


Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.

~ Akan proverb


The fool speaks, the wise man listens.

~ Ethiopian proverb


Wisdom does not come overnight.

~ Somali proverb


The heart of the wise man lies still like limpid water.

~ Cameroon proverb


Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others.

~ Hema (Democratic Republic of Congo) proverb


Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem.

~ Akan proverb


Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand.

~ Guinean proverb


In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.

~ Nigerian proverb


If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom.

~ African proverb


A wise person will always find a way.

~ Tanzanian proverb


Nobody is born wise.

~ African proverb


A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning.

~Kenyan proverb


Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden.

~ Akan proverb


Learning expands great souls.

~ Namibian proverb


To get lost is to learn the way.

~ African proverb


By crawling a child learns to stand.

~ African proverb


If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.

~ African proverb


He who learns, teaches.

~ Ethiopian proverb


Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases.

~ Swahili proverb


By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree.

~ Buganda proverb


You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win.

~ African proverb


You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down.

~ Bateke proverb


The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat.

~ African proverb


What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn.

~African proverb


By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.

~Ashanti proverb


One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom.

~ African proverb


You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.

~Congolese proverb


What you learn is what you die with.

~ African proverb


Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.

~Moroccan Proverb


Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off.

~African Proverb


Advice is a stranger; if he’s welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day. ~Malagasy Proverb


Traveling is learning.

~Kenyan Proverb


Where there are experts there will be no lack of learners.

~Swahili Proverb


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