African ProverbsRating Mail
The little hand does not beat the big hand)
Note : Ghanaian. English equivalent: Monkeys play by sizes
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Children are the reward of life.
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A child who knows how to wash his hands, dines with elders.
Note : Ghanaian
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One who loves you, warns you.
Note : Baganda
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Evil enters like a splinter and spreads like an oak tree.
Note : Ethiopian
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The mouse is silent while laboring, but when the baby is conceived, she cries.
Note : Ethiopian
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Be glad you are unknown, for when you are known, you would wish you weren't.
Note : Ghanaian
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The lizard does not eat hot chillies for the frog to sweat.
Note : Ghanaian
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Where error gets to, correction cannot reach.
Note : Ghanaian
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Got a stone but didn't get a nut to crack, got a nut but didn't get a stone to crack it with.
Note : Ghanaian
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You don't need a light to see someone you know intimately at night.
Note : Ghanaian
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The goat thought it was dirtying its owner's wall till it realized its coat was peeling.
Note : Ghanaian
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So many little things makes a man love a woman in a BIG way.
Note : Ghanaian
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Do good because of tomorrow.
Note : Ghanaian
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The length of a frog can only be determined after it dies.
Note : Ghanaian
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It is a fool who rejoices when his neighbor is in trouble.
Note : Ghanaian
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Be mindful of your own fingers when you are chewing that of a monkey
Note : Ghanaian
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As you worship plantain, remember to worship banana as well.
Note : Ghanaian
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Count not only my blessings but also count my worries and struggles as well.
Note : Ghanaian
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A straight tree never lasts in the forest
Meaning - A good thing/person is always sought after
Note : Ghanaian
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Rebuke is greater to the wise than hundred blows on a fool
Note : Ghanaian
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He who climbs a good tree always gets a push.
Note : Ghanaian
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If you notice your neighbour's beard is on fire, then you better get some water by yours.
Note : Ghanaian
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If Nakedness promises to cloth you, please be mindful of his/her name.
Note : Ghanaian
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Someone who has ever been bitten by a snake is always scared of an earthworm.
Note : Ghanaian
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If a tortoise is to receive injection, then it's family members know sometime about it.
Note : Ghanaian
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The crab does not bite but it is its greeting that hurts.
Note : Ghanaian
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Too much friends made crab lose its head.
Note : Ghanaian
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A vulture lives long due to its stupidity.
Note : Ghanaian
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A blind man does not pass by an angry gathering.
Note : Ghanaian
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When you look at the bank of river, you wouldn't drink from it.
Note : Ghanaian
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If a toad jumps around in the daytime, it is either chasing something or something is chasing it.
Note : Nigerian
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A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill does not know that it is still on the ground.
Note : Nigerian
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Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.
Note : Nigerian
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The Earth moves at different speeds depending on who you are.
Note : Nigerian
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When the elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.
Note : Nigerian
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The child that will not allow his parents to sleep through the night must be prepared to stay awake himself.
Note : Nigerian
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A person once bitten by a snake will be scared by an old rope.
Note : Nigerian
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When the bush is on fire, the antelope ceases to fear the hunter's bullet.
Note : Nigerian
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He who dines with the dogs will eat feces.
Note : Nigerian
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A snake will always give birth to something long.
Note : Nigerian
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It's the house of the coward that men stand and point at the spot where the brave man's compound used to be.
Note : Nigerian
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None but the brave deserves the fair.
Note : Nigerian
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In the city of the blind, the man with one eye will be king.
Note : Nigerian
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When an old man sees a snake and refuses to run, he is prepared to die!
Note : Nigerian
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What an old man will see while seating, a small child cannot see even standing on top of a mountain!
Note : Nigerian
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When a masquerade dances well in a parade, the owner will be happy.
Note : Nigerian
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The one-eyed man does not thank God until he sees a blind man.
Note : Nigerian
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When it is to do something that is very difficult, don't say you can do it.
Note : Nigerian
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He who throws a stone in the market will hit his relative.
Note : Nigerian
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