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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.
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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.
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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.