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A novel set in African countryside cannot do without a sprinkle of African proverbs here and there, especially when the elders are giving a speech or discussing in a meeting. Although the ones set in mordern society like hardly use them. They are not supposed to anyway.

I have a few African proverbs in my upcoming novel, set in a little town in Eastern Nigeria in the middle and late 1980s’. I have a couple of gatherings in which family elders are deliberating on pressing family issues. In the gathering of African elders (Igbo elders to be specific)  speeches are not complete without two or more proverbs added. Sometimes an elder uses these proverbs throughout his speech with few normal sentences. These proverbs help drive points home.

I love proverbs, especially those with deep meaning and its tradition on Fiez-writer to share them with you.

Every Saturday, I share my proverb collections with you hoping they don’t bore you.

I delve into proverbs from countries other than mine as well, out of curiosity. And I find most of them fascinating.

My best post on proverbs ranks first on Google search. If you’re new to my website, you should head over to that post and check it out. The link is about. I hope you like it.

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A Small House Will Hold A Hundred Friends – African Proverb

When Vultures Surround You, Try Not To Die. -African Proverb
Why Take Away Something By Force Which You Can Obtain By Love?
-African Proverb

Worry Is Like A Rocking Chair, It Swings You Back And Forth And It Takes You Nowhere. -African Proverb

A Wind Can Move The Branches Of Trees But It Will Never Move The Head Of A Man.
– African Proverb
When A Naked Person Promises You Cloth, Beware.
– African Proverb
Work Is Good, As Long As You Don’t Forget To Live.
African Proverb
Whoever Stands In Need Of Honey Should Not Be Afraid Of Bees.
-African Proverb
When The Cockroach Decides To Make The Cock It’s Friend, It Must Be Ready To End Up In Cock’s Stomach.
– African Proverb

The Person Who Is Coming From The Bowels Of The Earth Doesn’t Despise Even The Smallest Of Sunshine.
– African Proverb

A Small House Will Hold A Hundred Friends. African Proverb


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African Proverb – Common Sense

A man who lives on the bank of the river does not wash his hands with spittle.


It is only the lazy man who says, “it is only because I have no time that my farm is overgrown with weeds”.


We do not use our bare feet to search for hidden thorns which we have seen in the day time.


It is not enough to run, one must arrive and know when one has arrived.

Meaning: Don’t assume anything, be very sure of it.


The fish that can see that it’s water is getting shallow cannot be stranded.


Without knowing a way thoroughly in the day time, never attempt to pass it at night.

Meaning: Be sure of anything you want to do


He who pursues an innocent chicken always stumbles.


The elephant and tiger do not hunt on the same pasture.

Meaning: Two opposing people can’t be friends.


It is the brutally outspoken person that earns enmity.


It is only the tortoise that carries its shell around, which it calls its house.

Meaning: It is only what you say about yourself that others will take you to be.


African Proverbs On Common-Sense

Proverbs are the daughters of experience.

These proverbs reminds us that there are situations we don’t need to be told how to handle because our good sense can be applied to the situations.

African proverbs have a lot of wisdom in them and one gets to the meaning with much deeper thought.

If you have related proverbs, do share with us.

Expect more proverbs on Fiez – Saturdays(hopefully)💕

Wise Saying | If You Start Gathering From The Morning, Before Night, Your Basket Will Be Full – Igbo Proverb

The patridge bird said to her children, “Feed on yam but also feed on roots, so that when the owner of the yam harvests the yam, you could be able to survive on roots.” – Igbo Proverb

The chick in the grip of a hawk says that the reason why it cries is not for that which is holding it to let go of it, but for the heavens and the earth to hear its cry.- Igbo proverb.

The owl released a fart and asked his kinsmen to sing him a song of praise, His kinsmen said no to him, for such an act is not praiseworthy. – Igbo Proverb

The tortoise has been in a pit of faeces for a very long time, yet, the day his rescuers arrived, he told them, “Hurry up, the stench is killing me, ”  – Igbo Proverb

The grasshopper killed by Okpoko- the noisy bird, must be dead deaf. – Igbo proverb.

“A lizard that can climb an iroko tree cannot be called a baby lizard 🦎 .” – Igbo Proverb

The rain that fell on an eagle has given it a bath. – Igbo Proverb

If the snake doesn’t act like a snake, children will use it to tie firewood. – Igbo Proverb

Its only the chewing stick that knows the secrets of the mouth. – Igbo Proverb

Igbo tribe is one of the three major tribes in Nigeria 🇳🇬 . Igbo like many other tribes has rich proverbs. These proverbs are deep, interesting and have literary meaning.

These proverbs are easy to understand but if you don’t understand anyone of them, let me know in the comment section so I can state the meaning for you.