77 African Proverbs To Help You Become Wise In Life.


A list of 77 African proverbs and African sayings from for different African countries to give you some golden pearls of wisdom. Proverbs play an important role in African culture in passing wisdom from elders to young ones to help them live wisely. And these 77 African proverbs about life and wisdom from different African countries, ethnicities and cultures will help you become wise in life, too.

77 African Proverbs To Make You Wise

1. When a man is stung by the bee, he does not destroy all beehives. African Proverb.

2. As you do for your ancestors, your children, your children will do for you. African Proverb.

3. People when drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrow knows how to swim. African Proverb.

4. A clear conscious makes a soft pillow. African Proverb.

5. Character is like pregnancy. It cannot be hidden forever. African Proverb.

6. By crawling, a child learns to stand. African Proverb.

7. When roots are deep, there is no need to fear the wind. African Proverb.

8. When the music changes, so does the dance. African Proverb.

9. Even the best dancer onstage must retire sometime. African Proverb.

10. No matter how much a person changes, goats will never lay eggs. African proverb.

11. A strong bull is seen by its scars. Zambian Proverb.

12. A tender bamboo cannot be eagerly desired for building. Zambian Proverb.

13. A borrowed fiddle does not finish a tune. Zimbabwean Proverb.

14. A weaning baby that does not cry aloud, will die on its mothers back. Zimbabwean Proverb.

15. A priest sees people at their best, a lawyer at their worst, but a doctor sees them as they really are. Congolese Proverb.

16. Being well dressed does not prevent one from being poor. Congolese Proverb.

17. A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat. Congolese Proverb.

18. One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food. Angolan Proverb.

19. The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever. Angolan Proverb.

20. Useless to warn one who has made up his mind. Angolan Proverb.

21. When the fish gets rotten, it all starts from the head. Namibian Proverb.

22. When a tiny toe is hurting the whole body stoops down to attend to it. Namibian Proverb.

23. Witch doctors do not sell their potions to each other. Mozambican Proverb.

24. Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs. Mozambican Proverb.

25. A piece of incense may be as large as the knee, but unless burned emits no fragrance. Malawian Proverb.

26. A deer tethered with a golden chain can escape to the forest to eat grass. Malawian Proverb.


27. A fool and water will go the way they are diverted. Botswanan Proverb.

28. As the lion said, ‘I will kill your lambs and you will remember my presence. Botswanan Proverb.

29. A sheep cannot bleat in two different places at the same time. Tanzanian Proverb.

30. Even flies have ears. Tanzanian Proverb.

31. Better to kiss an ugly woman than to lick yourself. Burundian Proverb.

32. Don’t tell any more fairy tales when the child has gone to sleep. Burundian Proverb.

33. A person changing his clothing always hides while changing. Kenyan Proverb.

34. A flea can trouble a lion more than the lion can harm a flea. Kenyan Proverb.

35. An infertile woman gets a lot of visitors. Ugandan Proverb.

36. Caution is not cowardice; even the ants march armed. Ugandan Proverb.

37. Don’t blame God for creating the tiger. instead, thank him for not giving it wings. Ethiopian Proverb.

38. A Coffee and love taste best when hot. Ethiopian Proverb.

39. A chattering bird builds no nest. South African Proverb.

40. An Elder does not break wind in public but in a latrine. South African Proverb.

41. A man shows his character by what he laughs at. Swazi Proverb.

42. The antelope that is constantly moving will fall in a pit. Swazi Proverb.

43. Cattle are born with ears; their horns grow later. Lesotho Proverb.

44. If you are a flag follow the wind. Lesotho Proverb.

45. Tomorrow is pregnant and no-one knows what she will give birth to. Eritrean Proverb.

46. If an enemy learns your dance, he or she dances it the crooked way. Eritrean Proverb.

47. Suffering in search of truth gives true meaning to the truth. Egyptian Proverb.

48. Seek to perform your duties to your highest ability, this way your actions will be blameless. Egyptian Proverb.

49. Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue. Equatorial Guinean Proverbs.

50. A good wind is no use to a sailor who doesn’t know his direction. Equatorial Guinean Proverbs.

51. The tears running down your face do not blind you. Djibouti Proverb.

52. We do not kill a dog because of its barking. Djibouti Proverb.


53. The mighty tree falls and the little birds scatter in the bush. Djibouti Proverb.

54. What an adult sees from the ground, a boy cannot see even if he climbs a silk-cotton tree. Djibouti Proverb.

55. A wound inflicted by a friend does not heal. Djibouti Proverb.

56. Rather than get up and do a bad dance, stay put. Djibouti Proverb.

57. However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source. Niger Proverb.

58. A proverb is the horse of conversation; when the conversation lags, a proverb revives it. Niger Proverb.

59. A bottle of oil warmed over the fire has no means of producing oil by itself. Nigerian Proverb.

60. A child does not die because the mother’s breasts are dry. Nigerian Igbo Proverb.

61. The heart of a fool is in his mouth; the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. Moroccan Proverb.

62. Even the loftiest of mountains begins on the ground. Moroccan Proverb.

63. The bull defending his own head breaks his horns. Mauritian Proverb.

64. Monkey never watches his own tail; he watches his neighbour’s. Mauritian Proverb.

65. Two eyes see better than one. Mauritanian Proverb.

66. A cutting word is worse than a bowstring; a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not. Mauritanian Proverb.

67. A canoe does not know who the leader is; when it turns over, everyone gets wet. Malian Proverb.

68. When mosquitoes work, they bite and then they sing. Malian Proverb.

69. Like the chameleon, one eye on the future, one eye on the past. Malagasy Proverb.

70. Truth is like sugar cane; even if you chew it for a long time, it is still sweet. Malagasy Proverb.

71. Little by little grow the bananas. Congo Proverb.

72. No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come. Congo Proverb.

73. People do not like people but they love people’s money. Ivorian Proverb.

74. The stranger has big eyes but he doesn’t see anything. Ivorian Proverb.

75. If there is no traitor in your house, the witches will never be able to get at you. Togolese Proverb.

76. Every rhinoceros is proud of its horn. Togolese Proverb.

77. If the full moon loves you, why worry about the stars. Tunisian Proverb.



These are all the 77 African proverbs and African sayings I had to share with you and hope you enjoyed them and found some wisdom in them. Kindly comment below which favourite African proverb you love and resonates with you In conclusion, kindly share this post if you found it useful. Sharing is caring.


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