Other African Proverbs

A long beard doesn ot prevent a house going to bed hungry.
— Cameroon

If familiarity were useful, water wouldn’t cook fish.
— Cameroon

No matter how hard you throw a dead fish in the water,
it still won’t swim.
— Congo

Little by little grow the bananas.
— Congo

No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow.
— Congo

When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer;
you may want to visit the bee’s house someday.
— Congo

Lower your head modestly while passing
and you will harvest bananas.
— Congo

Do not blame God for having created the tiger,
but thank him for not giving it wings.
— Ethiopia

If you pound palm nuts, some will stain your cloth.
— Ivory Coast

Hope is the pillar of the world.
— Kanuri

A woman never brings a man into the right way.
— Kanuri

Hold a true friend with both your hands.
— Kanuri

It is forbidden to tell anything that has no foundation.
— Kanuri

Riches are the pillar of the world.
— Kanuri

If a woman speaks two words, take one and leave the other.
— Kanuri

If a man tells his secrets to his wife,
she will bring him into the way of Satan.
— Kanuri

Wisdom is not in the eye, but in the head.
— Kanuri

It is the heart that carries one to hell or to heaven.
— Kanuri

Do not fill your basket with useless shells of coconuts.
— Kenya

When the date crop is over, everyone mocks at the palm tree.
— Kenya

Every raisin contains a pip.
— Libya

A mad dog bites anything but himself.
— Libya

It is the softness of the lime that is fatal to the bird.
— Madagascar

Even the bottom of a basket finds something to hold.
— Madagascar

A good day is that in which to lay by cold porridge.
— Malawi

A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple.
— Mali

No matter how long a log floats on the river, it will never be a crocodile.
— Mali

No matter how much the world changes, cats will never lay eggs.
— Mali

One can’t get beans out of wild melons.
— Namibia

The one on whose head we would break a coconut never stands still.
— Nigeria

Where hands are needed, words and letters are useless.
— Nigeria

When the face is washed, you finish at the chin.
— Nigeria

A basket with its bottom burst is useless.
— Nigeria

If you are building a house and a nail breaks,
do you stop building the house?
— Rwanda

If you had teeth of steel, you could eat iron coconuts.
— Senegal

What’s the use of consulting a dead person’s horoscope?
— Sengal

A river is filled by it’s tributaries.
— Zimbabwe

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