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African Proverbs – Wisdom

To eat from the same pot with another man is to take an oath of perpetual friendship.


The tree that cannot shed its old leaves in the dry season, cannot survive the period of drought.


You can only stop a bird from making a nest on your head but you can’t stop it from flying over your head.


Help me discipline my child is not a heartfelt remark from the mother.


What one leans on for support that does not support one cannot kill one when it falls.


The dance of the millipede does not impress him who has seen the dance of the snake.


If your son laughs when you scold him, you ought to cry, for you have lost him, but if he cries, you may laugh, for you have a worthy heir.


Don’t try to make someone hate the person he loves, for he will still go on loving but will hate you.


Invite some people into your living room and they will go into your bedroom


To love someone who doesn’t love you is like shaking a tree to make a dewdrop.




Quotes inspire me a lot, and so does proverbs so I read quotes and proverbs daily, not just my African proverbs but those from other continents.

I love proverbs with deeper meanings and love sharing them with others.

African proverbs have a lot of wisdom in them and one understands it with much deeper thought.

If you have related proberbs (from your tribe, country or continent), kindly share in the comment section. 💕

Florence Ezekafor View All

I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
My website Fiez-writer is a product of my extreme desire to share my writing with the world. Here, I share fiction, poems, thoughts and writing tips.
A huge part of my life is spent with my lovely family and I'm a proud mother to three brilliant kids.

15 thoughts on “African Proverbs – Wisdom Leave a comment

  1. I love those funny ones more😀. I have some and will share them soon. Thanks for reading and for commenting. I look forward to hearing those proverbs you know. You’re always free to share them with us.

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  2. interesting and inspiring to read… being from an African background, other different ones I know, make the post resonate with me… they could be informal and funny, or formal; however, they always point to truth and enlightenment

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