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Words of Wisdom

A collection of African Proverbs with categorization

By A. N. Okonoboh

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Copyright © 2018 by A. N. Okonoboh.

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  • Elders do not share the meat of an animal with simple eyes.

  • A corpse doesn't like to hear that there are no burial clothes.

  • A masquerade is not viewed from one spot when it is dancing.

  • When the thread of a bead is broken, the bead no longer goes round a woman’s waist    even when the thread is joined.

  • The presence of a little child is what put fear into the heart of a small tuber of yam.

  • A woman who is strong enough to beat her husband has also destroyed her fortress.

  • A small boy does not have a room that is large enough for a masquerade to dress up.

  • Curses are what make a witch grow stronger.

  • A man needs to hold his organ with his hand in gesture when he makes advances to a woman who is deaf and dumb.

  • Adoption of a slave as a son of the household is not a matter of one day.

  • To a wrestler, the legs of an opponent are many miles away.

  • The earth is softer where a giant digs.

  • “How many hours do I have to sleep each night that you think I will need a mat?” so a witch asked a mat seller.

  • Coral beads are charms on a woman’s waist.

  • Passersby are the best witnesses against a cruel dog.

  • When a man learns to spin, he learns to speed as well.

  • The driver of a car that takes a mad man should remember not to use the brakes.

  • When a terrain is familiar, a mystery man is drawn to his vanishing tricks.

  • The eunuch's children are always in a distant land.

  • A man that pampers his children will become a father to the wind.

  • A snail hunter keeps catching the same snail when he has a leaking sack.

  • When a person stays for too long in the dark, he begins to see shapes.

  • A woman does not make her hair when looking for her lost life.

  • If an inheritor does not keep a needle at his side, inheritance would perish in his hands.

  • The evil that a woman sees everyday does not kill her child.

  • A hunter does not go looking for squirrel when the elephant he killed is still lying on the ground.

  • The people who paddled their canoes hard enough are known even when the opposing water current is high.

  • When the male warthog is dead, with mere hands a hunter picks his sons and daughters.

  • When a man fails to make sacrifices after consulting the oracle, the bad omens still remain where they were.

  • Shea butter is a trade for early risers.

  • If a man does not have a trap on the ground or in the sky how could he invite animals to their suicide?

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