African languages are rich in proverbs, metaphors, and similes. I grew up reading works by famous African writers like Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Grace Ogot, Asenath Bole Odaga, and Majorie Oludhe.
So, today I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share seven of my favorite African proverbs:
- Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully.
- He who refuses to obey, cannot command. Kenyan proverb.
- A large chair does not make a King. Sudanese proverb
- Do not let what you cannot do tear your hands from what you can. Ashanti proverb.
- The surface of water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on. Ghanian Proverb.
- The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat.
- War has no eyes. Swahili saying.