Top 10 African Proverbs

Kwanzaa is a US holiday, beginning December 26th – January 1st, that celebrates African culture and heritage. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

In honor of Kwanzaa, here are the top 10 African proverbs:

I.

It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

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II.

Anger and madness are brothers.

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III.

A lie has many variations, the truth none.

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IV.

If you think you’re too small to make a difference, spend a night with a mosquito.

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V.

Repetition is the mother of knowledge.

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VI.

The axe forgets but the tree remembers.

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VII.

Every misfortune is a blessing.

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VIII.

Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.

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IX.

However long the night may last, there will be morning.

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X.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

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Thank you Africa!

Interesting Africa Facts:

  • The largest desert, biggest waterfall and longest river in the world are in Africa.
  • Some of the world’s largest, fastest, and tallest animals live in Africa.
  • It is the second largest continent after Asia, with 54 countries, and a population exceeding 1.2 billion.
  • It is estimated that there are 2000 different languages in the country.

What are some of your favorite African proverbs?

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