As a young man growing up in a typical African Society, my grandfather carefully opened up our mind to understand African proverbs and their meaning.
According to him, African proverbs are strongly tied to our culture and are always aimed at conveying lessons that add value to life.
He was always of the opinion that Every Child born in Africa should at least understand 15 African proverbs and their meaning before he or she finishes primary Education.
Here is a list of 15 African proverbs and their meaning that will inspire your day.
1. Sugarcane is sweetest at its joint
Meaning: Good and sweet things of life may appear difficult to achieve but in the end, it is worth it
2. Bread without sauce and a home without a wife are meaningless.
Meaning: Love Takes Sacrifices
3. Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet
Meaning: You don’t jump straight into a situation without thinking about it
4. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full
Meaning: If you have the energy to complain about silly things, you don’t have any real problems
5. Knowledge is like a garden: If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
Meaning: If You don’t make efforts to acquire knowledge, you will not have it, and if you do not put the knowledge you have in use, you cannot expect to gain anything from it.
6. Where there is honey, there are bound to be ants
Meaning: if something nice happens, there will always be small problems associated with it
7. No one drinks medicine on behalf of a sick person
Meaning: if you have something unpleasant to do, you’ll have to do it yourself
8. Don’t set sail using someone else’s star
Meaning: Avoid copying someone else
9. That guy has twelve jobs but thirteen accidents
Meaning: He is quite good at a lot of things, but not excellent at anything.
10. The best way to eat an elephant in your path is to cut him up into little pieces
Meaning: The best approach to solving a problem is to take it bit by bit.
11. Little pots have ears
Meaning: Don’t forget that children can hear what you’re saying
12. The strength of the crocodile is in the water
Meaning: people can be very strong in their right environment
13. A roaring lion kills no game
Meaning: You cannot achieve or gain anything by mere sitting around and just talking about it
14. Rain does not fall on one roof alone
Meaning: Trouble comes to everyone
15. The impatient person eats goat, the one who hesitates eats beef
Meaning: Sometimes you need to be patient and wait for something better to come along