36 Famous African Proverbs & Sayings

African Proverbs

Explore and Share Famous African Proverbs With Your Friends on Facebook, Whatsapp etc. A Proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience.

36 Great African Proverbs & Sayings

“Be mindful of your own fingers when you are chewing that of a monkey.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“As you worship plantain, remember to worship banana as well.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“Count not only my blessings but also count my worries and struggles as well.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“A straight tree never lasts in the forest.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“Rebuke is greater to the wise than hundred blows on a fool.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“He who climbs a good tree always gets a push.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“If you notice your neighbour’s beard is on fire, then you better get some water by yours.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“If Nakedness promises to cloth you, please be mindful of his/her name.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“Someone who has ever been bitten by a snake is always scared of an earthworm.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“If a tortoise is to receive injection, then it’s family members know sometime about it.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“The crab does not bite but it is its greeting that hurts.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“Too much friends made crab lose its head.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“A vulture lives long due to its stupidity.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“A blind man does not pass by an angry gathering.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“A child who knows how to wash his hands, dines with elders.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“One who loves you, warns you.”
(Note : Baganda)

“Evil enters like a splinter and spreads like an oak tree.”
(Note : Ethiopian)

“The mouse is silent while laboring, but when the baby is conceived, she cries.”
(Note : Ethiopian)

Popular African Proverbs

“A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill does not know that it is still on the ground.”
(Note : Nigerian)

“Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.”
(Note : Nigerian)

“The Earth moves at different speeds depending on who you are.”
(Note : Nigerian)

“When the elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.”
(Note : Nigerian)

“The child that will not allow his parents to sleep through the night must be prepared to stay awake himself.”
Note : Nigerian

“A person once bitten by a snake will be scared by an old rope.”
Note : Nigerian

“When the bush is on fire, the antelope ceases to fear the hunter’s bullet.”
(Note : Nigerian)

“He who dines with the dogs will eat feces.”
(Note : Nigerian)

“A snake will always give birth to something long.”
(Note : Nigerian)

“Be glad you are unknown, for when you are known, you would wish you weren’t.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“The lizard does not eat hot chillies for the frog to sweat.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“Where error gets to, correction cannot reach.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“Got a stone but didn’t get a nut to crack, got a nut but didn’t get a stone to crack it with.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“You don’t need a light to see someone you know intimately at night.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“The goat thought it was dirtying its owner’s wall till it realized its coat was peeling.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“So many little things makes a man love a woman in a BIG way.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“Do good because of tomorrow.”
(Note : Ghanaian)

“The length of a frog can only be determined after it dies.”
(Note : Ghanaian)




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