Proverbs





Igbo
mara as sụọ n'odo. magh as sụọ n'ala.
Meaning:  The wise uses counsel wisely but the foolish abuse it.

Hausa
Kwadayi mabudin wahala
Meaning:  Greed is the key path to trouble. 

Yoruba
Bi a ba fi owo otun ba Omo wi, a fi tosi fa mora.

Meaning:  When a child is beaten with the right hand, we draw him/her closer with the left hand

Uganda

Luganda

“Okwambala obulungi si kuwasa, ssinga wakasanke amaze abakyaala emugga.”

Meaning: Dressing smartly doesn’t always imply that one is getting married otherwise “Kasanke” the bird with dazzling and beautiful feathers would have all the ladies for itself. 

Mozambique
O homem comum fala, o sábio escuta, o tolo discute
Meaning: The common man speaks, the wise man listens, and the fool argues.


Sierra Leone :
Krio
“Kill dog befo dog yai leh dog no sey di dae” 
Meaning: Kill a dog in front of another so that they would know that death exists.

Zambia
Language: Bemba
“Ubushiku ushliubobe ne chimbala chilocha” 
Meaning: The day your luck runs out, even cold leftover food can burn your throat

Gabon
“Ce sont les jeunes arbres qui héritent de la forêt”
Meaning:  The future belongs to the youths


Tanzania
Language: Swahili

“Hata maji huyachemshe namna gani hayatarudi kuwa ya baridi”

Meaning:  No matter how long or many times you boil water, it won’t get cold


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