African Proverbs

Proverb Ethnicity Country Discuss
Let him speak who has seen with his eyes.
Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly, but flooding the river. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Life is a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by, and is no more.
Little by little grow the bananas. Madagascar
Living is worthless for one without a home. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Love is like a baby: it needs to be treated tenderly. Ethiopia
Love is like young rice: transplanted, still it grows. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Lower your head modestly while passing, and you will harvest bananas. Madagascar
Man is like palm-wine: when young, sweet but without strength; in old age,
Marriage is not a fast knot, but a slip knot. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Money is sharper than a sword.
Mothers-in-law are hard of hearing. Ashanti Ghana
Move your neck according to the music. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Mutual affection gives each his share. Galla Ethiopia
Mutual gifts cement friendship. Ivory Coast
No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow.
No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
No one tests the depth of a river with both feet Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Not all the flowers of a tree produce fruit. Ashanti Ghana
One camel does not make fun of the other camel's hump. Mauritania
One cannot both feast and become rich. Guinea
One does not slaughter a calf before its mother's eyes. Ashanti Ghana
One falsehood spoils a thousand truths. Kenya
One finger alone cannot kill even a louse. Ashanti Ghana
One is born, one dies; the land increases. Kenya