200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings

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African Proverbs on Peace and Leadership

36. Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~ Kenyan proverb

37. War has no eyes ~ Swahili saying

38. When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. ~ Ashanti proverb

39. Peace does not make a good ruler. ~ Botswana proverb

40. A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. ~ Lesotho proverb

41. There can be no peace without understanding. ~ Senegalese proverb

42. Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. ~ African proverb

43. If you can’t resolve your problems in peace, you can’t solve war. ~ Somalian proverb

44. When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. ~ Ugandan proverb

45. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.  ~ Swahili saying

46. Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. ~ West African proverb

47. He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb

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48. An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb

49. He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. ~ Ugandan proverb

50. Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. ~ Tanzanian proverb

51. Without a leader, black ants are confused. ~ Ugandan proverb

52. He who refuses to obey cannot command. ~ Kenyan proverb

53. He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~ Ugandan proverb

54. A large chair does not make a king. ~ Sudanese proverb

55. Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~ Ethiopian proverb

56. Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. ~ Ethiopian proverb

57. A leader who does not take advice is not a leader. ~ Kenyan proverb

58. If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a body-guard. ~ Sierra Leone proverb


African Proverbs on Unity and Community

59. Unity is strength, the division is weakness. ~ Swahili proverb

60. Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~ Bondei proverb

61. It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African proverb

62. Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you. ~ African proverb

63. Many hands make light work. ~ Haya (Tanzania) proverb

64. Where there are many, nothing goes wrong. ~ Swahili proverb

65. Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper. ~ Tanzanian proverb

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66. A single bracelet does not jingle. ~ Congolese proverb

67. A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. ~ African proverb

68. If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African proverb

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African Proverbs on Family

69. A family is like a forest when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place. ~ African Proverb

70. A united family eats from the same plate. ~ Baganda proverb

71. A family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break. ~ African proverb

72. If I am in harmony with my family, that’s a success. ~ Ute proverb

73. Brothers love each other when they are equally rich. ~ African proverb

74. Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family. ~ Ethiopian proverb

75. There is no fool who is disowned by his family. ~ African proverb

76. Home affairs are not talked about in the public square. ~ African proverb

77. If relatives help each other, what evil can hurt them? ~ African proverb

78. He who earns calamity eats it with his family. ~ African proverb

79. . The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one, in turn, looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth. ~ Akan (Ghana, Ivory Coast) proverb

80. When brothers fight to the death, a stranger inherits their father’s estate. ~ Ibo proverb

81. Children are the reward of life. ~ African proverb

7 thoughts on “200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings”

  1. Add up this from Somalia
    No man gets stupefied by the stone he threw.
    Meaning that no one gets shocked by the consequences of his past deeds.

  2. Some needed to be interpreted, but most gave new zing to some old sayings we know from different contexts. Fun to hear truth in a new way to make it fresh.

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