African Proverbs

Proverb Ethnicity Country Discuss
A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. Galla Ethiopia
A strawberry blossom will not sweeten dry bread. Buganda Uganda
A too modest man goes hungry. Ethiopia
A wealthy man will always have followers. Nigeria
A white dog does not bite white dog. Kenya
A wise man who knows proverbs can reconcile difficulties. Niger
Absence makes the heart forget. Kenya
Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him. Ethiopia
After a foolish deed comes remorse. Kenya
An eel that was not caught is as big as your thigh. Madagascar
An elephant will reach to the roof of the house. Cameroon
Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it. Ethiopia
Around a flowering tree, one finds many insects. Guinea
As the wound inflames the finger, so thought inflames the mind. Galla Ethiopia
Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them. Niger
Being well dressed does not prevent one from being poor. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. Ashanti Ghana
By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree. Buganda Uganda
Cactus is bitter only to him who tastes of it. Ethiopia
Children are the reward of life.
Clothes put on while running come off while running. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Confiding a secret to an unworthy person is like carrying grain in a bag with a hole Ethiopia
Cross the river in a crowd and the croco-dile won't eat you. Ethiopia
Death does not sound a trumpet. Madagascar
Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family. Congo D.R. (Zaire)