African Proverbs 5.0

Its again time for some African proverbs, and this time we have a closer look at the ones talking about Peace and Leadership. The Bible and the message of the Gospel in the New Testament talks allot about these two. But in a very different way than what was understood in the old testament ways.

The Old Testament focuses on another hot topic not understood today, war and going to war in the name of God (So NiNi na NiNi). The modern faith and belief in the Gospel should be just like going to war, only this war is not fought with weapons or by hurting your fellow man, but by you giving your life for him or her. Not by taking it. So then, when Cain asked So NiNi Himself, Am I my brothers keeper, after he was asked where his brother was (Cain had killed his brother Abel). What should the answer be then? It should be yes. Always yes. Yes you and I are our brothers keeper. We should seek to keep and protect our brothers and sisters in faith, with prayer and actions to back up that our faith is indeed and active one.



So from all of Africa, what do you make of these?


Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.

- Kenyan proverb


War has no eyes.

- Swahili saying


When a king has good councillors, his reign is peaceful.

- Ashanti proverb


Peace does not make a good ruler.

- Botswana proverb


A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.

- Lesotho proverb


There can be no peace without understanding.

- Senegalese proverb


Milk and honey have different colours, but they share the same house peacefully.

- African proverb


If you can’t resolve your problems in peace, you can’t solve war.

- Somalian proverb


When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield.

- Ugandan proverb


When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.

- Swahili saying


Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

- West African proverb


He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk.

- Malawian proverb


An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.

- Ghanaian proverb


He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it.

- Ugandan proverb


Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself.

- Tanzanian proverb


Without a leader, black ants are confused.

- Ugandan proverb


He who refuses to obey cannot command.

- Kenyan proverb


He who fears the sun will not become chief.

- Ugandan proverb


A large chair does not make a king.

- Sudanese proverb


Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom.

- Ethiopian proverb


Where a woman rules, streams run uphill.

- Ethiopian proverb


A leader who does not take advice is not a leader.

- Kenyan proverb


If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a body-guard.

- Sierra Leone proverb


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