Some African Proverbs And Their meaning

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African Proverbs are rich and are used mainly by elders to COMMUNICATE thoughts in a witty way. Sometimes you can decipher their meanings by mere logic, at other times you need a guide. Below are some of the most popular African proverbs. Enjoy it!

1) Send a boy where he wants to go and you’ll see his best pace. – Nigerian Proverb.

Interpreted Meaning: Passion is the greatest motivator.

2) A toad does not run in the day for nothing, there must be a green snake in the grass. -Nigerian Proverb
Interpreted Meaning: An unusual cause is usually responsible for an unusual incidence. Something must have threatened a toad for it to run in the day. Normally, Toads do not like to run in the daytime because it is hot, and they tend to be lazy.

3) No matter how long a log stays in the water, it doesn’t become a crocodile. – Bambara Proverb

Interpreted Meaning: You will always be who you are no matter how hard you try to fake your personality.

4) Water that has been begged for does not quench the thirst. – Soga People of Uganda

Interpreted Meaning: Since you do not have control over the help someone is rendering to you it may (the help) my not turn out exactly as you expected. Don’t be baffled if your assistance is not deemed satisfactory.

5) Every Misfortune is a blessing in disguise. -African Proverb

Interpreted Meaning: Inside every disappointment there is a positive to take away.

6) We will water the thorn for the sake of the rose. – African Proverb

Interpreted Meaning: sometimes you have to deal with aggravating situations repeatedly to get to the prize at the end.

7) If you think you have someone eating your hands, it is a good idea to count your fingers. – Nigerian Proverb

Interpreted Meaning: When in doubt always make sure.

8) Interpreted Meaning: Do not repair another man’s fence until you have seen your own. –African Proverb

Deal with your own real issues before you start poke-nosing into someone else’s.

9) Too much talking does not make you a leader.-African Proverb

Interpreted Meaning: Talk is cheap; the real McCoy is in actions.

10)A hippopotamus can be made invisible in dark water. –African Proverb

Interpreted Meaning: Ignorance can lead to potential danger. It is important to be informed and alert.

11) When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow. -Ethiopian Proverb

Interpreted Meaning: When people are in love, they don’t see things realistically.

12) A single bracelet does not jingle.

Interpreted Meaning: There is strength in numbers.

13) Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

Interpreted Meaning: We learn and grow when times are tough. The lessons learned can then be applied to make things smoother and easier. If you never have opposition, how can you begin to understand what works and what doesn’t?

14)Unless you call out, no one will open the door?

Interpreted Meaning: If you don’t ask for assistance, you may never get one. People around you are there to help, if only you ask.

15) Do not respond to a mosquito with a hammer because you will miss and hurt yourself. ~Kenyan Proverb

interpreted Meaning: Don’t take extreme decisions over minor issues, it can turn around and hurt you.

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