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Interesting African Proverbs You Should Know - Opinion

Proverbs are words etched with deep meanings to etch ideals in the minds of the younger generation and to speak in codes with friends and loved ones for children who grew up in Africa.

Every culture has its own proverbs and wise sayings, but it appears that African culture takes delight in them. During story times, the storyteller uses many of these insightful sayings, which adds to the overall beauty of the experience.

 Have you ever heard an elderly person say a proverb that you didn't understand? Here are 15 popular African wise sayings, along with their meanings:

A proverb states that a child who claims his mother will not sleep will not sleep himself.


meaning: You will constantly be affected by your deeds or inactions.

With your hands in your pockets, you can't ascend the success ladder.To be successful, you must put in a lot of effort.

A restless foot may step into a snake pit, according to a proverb.

Anyone who is preoccupied, especially with other people's affairs, is prone to getting into trouble.

 According to Proverbs, only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.


Meaning: You don't jump to a decision without first considering it.

According to a proverb, rain beats the leopard's skin, but it never washes out the spots.

No matter how hard you try, you can't change a person's inherent character.

A proverb states that he who carries a goat to the market also finds himself in the market.


Anyone attempting to destroy another person's image will equally tarnish his or her own.

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