Fun Fact Friday: African Proverbs 2014

As with the close of every year, I like to look back and share some of the best African proverbs for the year.  The great Nigerian author Chinua Achebe once wrote: “Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.”   I guess this is a tradition now.  Enjoy

Only a true friend will tell you that your breath smells – Unknown Origin

The people who steal your millet at night are often the same people who help you look for it the next morning. Sent by Estar Nalwanga, Entebbe, Uganda

The fool speaks, the wise man listens. ~ Ethiopian proverb

A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning. ~Kenyan proverb

In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. ~ Nigerian proverb

You learn a lot about a man by his behavior when hungry.  ~ Zambian proverb

He who looks for honey must have the courage to face the bees.  ~ Congolese proverb

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

Never marry a woman who has bigger feet than you. ~ Mozambique proverb

When you see a rat running into a fire then you know that what it is running away from is hotter than the fire.



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