Of the many great things that our continent is known for, proverbs are definitely at the top of the list. African proverbs are iconic for many reasons, one of which being that they are timeless and applicable to many experiences that we will encounter throughout life. If you ever need a dose of wisdom in your life, check out these ten proverbs from countries all over the continent, as well as quotes from quintessential African leaders.
1. A kì í wo ago aláago ṣiṣẹ́ /
Never carry out your duties using someone else’s time piece
Tonight we bring to you another Yoruba proverb: A kì í wo ago aláago ṣiṣẹ́. / Never carry out your duties using someone else's time piece. A reminder that you should never compare your path to someone else, because we are all in different lanes on our journey to success. #nigeria #yoruba #yorubaproverbs #africanproverb #africandiaspora #africanimmigrants #usaig #motivation #inspiration #melanin #africa #black #blackdiaspora
2. Oro sunnukun, oju sunnukun lafinwo / Deep thoughts require deep analysis.
African proverbs are timeless and will always remain relavant, no matter how old the proverb itself may be. Today we bring to you a classic Yoruba proverb, "Oro sunnukun, oju sunnukun lafinwo", which translates to "Deep thoughts require deep analysis." #nigeria #yoruba #africanproverb #quotes #africa #africandiaspora #nigerian #motivation #inspiration #l4l #rfr
3. Obi nnim obrempon ahyease / Nobody knows the beginning of a great man
Tonight we bring to you a classic Ghanaian proverb from the Akan people. "Obi nnim obrempon ahyease" translates to "Nobody knows the beginning of a great man". Never condemn the beginning of someone's journey to success, no matter how badly they may seem to be struggling. Some of us have to hustle and work harder than others to reach the same destination. #africanproverbs #ghana #ghanaian #africanart #africa #immigrants #refugees #nigeria #nigerian #art #photography #immigrantchildren
4. To get lost is to learn the way
Tonight we bring to you a classic Ethiopian proverb: "To get lost is to learn the way." How many of you resonate with this saying? Do you feel that it rings true for certain situations? Comments and discussions are always welcome 🙂 #africa #africanimmigrant #immigrant #usaig #ethiopia #african #ethiopianproverb #ethiopian #africanproverbs #motivation #quotes #sayings #inspiration
5. Traveling is Learning
When in doubt about your decision to move abroad, never forget this Kenyan proverb which reminds you that traveling is just another form of learning. For every sacrifice you make, you gain a new experience and learn a valuable lesson. Have a happy Friday everyone! #usaig #africa #africanproverb #kenya
6. When you educate a man, you educate an individual. When you educate a woman, you educate a generation.
"When you educate a man, you educate an individual. When you educate a woman, you educate a generation." Artwork is by Loraine Yaffe. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post on contemporary African artists you need to know about! #BlackExcellence #Africa #african #quotes #motivation #immigrants #women #womensrights #blackhistorymonth
7. A roaring lion kills no game
8. Gidi gidi by ugwu eze / Unity is strength
Tonight we bring to you another pivotal Igbo proverb. "Gidi gidi by ugwu eze" translates to "unity is strength." Of course, this saying is especially powerful if we are talking about the African diaspora. The original drawing is by thick_east_african_girl on instagram. #africanproverbs #africandiaspora #african #africa #africanimmigrant
9. “I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.”- Kwame Nkrumah
10. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”- Desmond Tutu
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