African Proverbs

Proverb Ethnicity Country Discuss
What is said over the dead lion's body, could not be said to him alive. Ethiopia
What one hopes for is always better than what one has. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised. Galla Ethiopia
When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. Ethiopia
When a man is coming toward you, you need not say: 'Come here.' Ashanti Ghana
When a man is wealthy, he may wear an old cloth. Ashanti Ghana
When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it Ashanti Ghana
When a woman is hungry, she says, Roast something for the children that they may Guinea
When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow. Ashanti Ghana
When one sets a portion for oneself, usually it is not too small. Ethiopia
When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. Ethiopia
When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee's house some day Ethiopia
When the cock is drunk, he forgets about the hawk. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
When the fool is told a proverb, its meaning has to be explained to him. Ashanti Ghana
When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth. Ashanti Ghana
When the master is absent, the frogs hop into the house. Ethiopia
When the moon is not full, the stars shine more brightly. Buganda Uganda
When the vine entwines your roof, it is time to cut it down. Buganda Uganda
When you are rich, you are hated; when you are poor, you are despised. Cameroon
When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. Ashanti Ghana
When you take a knife away from a child, give him a piece of wood instead. Ashanti Ghana
Where there is no shame, there is no honor. Kenya
Woman without man is like a field without seed. Ethiopia
Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight. Ethiopia
Wood may remain ten years in the water, but it will never become a crocodile. Ashanti Ghana