200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings

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African Proverbs on Friendship

82. To be without a friend is to be poor indeed.  ~ Tanzanian proverb

83. Hold a true friend with both hands. ~ African proverb

84. The friends of our friends are our friends.  ~ Congolese proverb

85. A friend is someone you share the path with. ~ African proverb

86. Show me your friend and I will show you your character. ~ African proverb

87. Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you. ~ African proverb

88. Between true friends, even water drunk together is sweet enough. ~ African proverb

89. A small house will hold a hundred friends. ~ African proverb

90. A close friend can become a close enemy.~ African proverb

91. Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.  ~ Gabon proverb

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African Proverbs on Money, Wealth, Riches and Poverty

92. Make some money but don’t let money make you. ~ Tanzania

93. It is no shame at all to work for money. ~ Africa

94. He who loves money must labor. ~ Mauritania

95. By labor comes wealth. ~ Yoruba

96. Poverty is slavery. ~ Somalia

97. One cannot both feast and become rich. ~ Ashanti

98. One cannot count on riches. ~ Somalia

99. Money is sharper than the sword. ~ Ashanti

100. A man’s wealth may be superior to him. ~ Cameroon

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101. The rich are always complaining. ~ Zulu

102. The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. ~ Yoruba

103. The poor man and the rich man do not play together. ~ Ashanti

104. Lack of money is a lack of friends; if you have money at your disposal, every dog and goat will claim to be related to you. ~ Yoruba

105. With wealth one wins a woman. ~ Uganda

106. Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. ~ Akan

107. A real family eats the same cornmeal. ~ Bayombe

108. If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn. ~ Congo

109. Money can’t talk, yet it can make lies look true. ~ South Africa

110. Money is not the medicine against death. ~ Ghana

111. He who receives a gift does not measure. ~ Africa

112. Much wealth brings many enemies. – Swahili

113. There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday, no one became fat because he broke a fast. ~ Ethiopia

114. What you give you get, ten times over. ~ Yoruba

115. Greed loses what it has gained. ~ Africa

116. You become wise when you begin to run out of money. ~ Ghana

117. If ten cents does not go out, it does not bring in one thousand dollars. ~ Ghana

118. You should not hoard your money and die of hunger. ~ Ghana

119. Wealth diminishes with usage; learning increases with use. ~ Nigeria

120. Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. ~ Akan

121. Having a good discussion is like having riches ~ Kenya

122. Knowledge is better than riches. ~ Cameroon

123. You must act as if it is impossible to fail. ~ Ashanti

124. Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can. ~ Ashanti

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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