Top 11 Rwandan Proverbs and Their Meaning

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First inhabited by Pastoral Tutsi and Agricultural Hutus, Rwanda is a Country in Central Africa that is bordered by Uganda in the North, Tanzania in the East, Burundi on the South and Democratic Republic of Congo on the West.

Spicing up your visit or stay in Rwanda with some Rwandan proverbs can be a great way to start a conversation. So, here are 11 Rwandan Proverbs and their Meaning to spice up your conversation.

Top 11 Rwandan Proverbs and Their Meaning

1.In a court of fowls, the cockroach never wins his case
Meaning: The weaklings do not ever get justice because of their nature

2.You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you
Meaning: No matter where you run away to, you cannot run away from your conscience or calling.

3. Every cackling hen was an egg first
Meaning: Every successful person started somewhere

4. A girl only gets pregnant once
Meaning: Don’t be scared of taking risk, what will happen will happen

5. The guest is always the prisoner of the host
Meaning: This Proverb has many meaning; but it often used to illustrate the fact that a guest is always at the mercy of the host; because it the duty of the host to take guest around and introduce him/her to his neighbors and places in his/her community.

6.When your beard appears, childhood disappears.
Meaning: This proverbs is always used to illustrate maturity; meaning knowledge comes with maturity.

7. A man’s heart is not a sack open to all.
Meaning: Know what to take to heart and what to forget easily.

8.Hens keep quiet when the cock is around
Meaning: The weak are not always ready to speak when the situation arises

9. When the leopard is away, his cubs are eaten
Meaning: When you lose guard anyone can take advantage of you.

10. If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips
Meaning: Be careful of  what you say, before your words can be used against you

11. A stone that is visible cannot destroy a hoe
Meaning: This proverbs is always used to inspire people to share their challenges because it is generally believed that a problem shared is a problem halved.





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