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2003 African Proverbs of the Month

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1 January, 2003 Proverb: "A chicken eats corn, drinks water and swallows little pebbles, but still complains of having no teeth. If she had teeth would she eat steel?" - Yoruba and Idanre (Nigeria) 8346
2 February, 2003 Proverb: "An eye that you treat is the one that turns against you." - Luo (Kenya, Tanazania) 12544
3 March, 2003 Proverb: "Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns." - Nuba-Tira (Sudan) 7762
4 April, 2003 Proverb: "Use of brains begets wealth." - Sheng (Kenya) 6865
5 May, 2003 Proverb: "The tears of the orphan run inside." - Mafa (Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger) 9177
6 June, 2003 Proverb: "Like vomit and shit under your feet (the rumormonger spreads scandal)." - Sumbwa (Tanzania) 6256
7 July, 2003 Proverb: "When a tree falls on a yam farm and kills the farm's owner, you don't waste time counting the numbers of yam hips ruined." - Igala (Nigeria) 9065
8 August, 2003 Proverb: "Walk on a fresh tree, the dry one will break." - Bena (Tanzania) 6278
9 September, 2003 Proverb: "Where there is peace, a billhook (sickle) can be used to shave your beard or cut your hair." - Rundi (Burundi) 7112
10 October, 2003 Proverb: "The hen with baby chicks doesn't swallow the worm." - Sukuma (Tanzania) 13733
11 November, 2003 Proverb: "The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth." - Akan (Ghana, Ivory Coast) 8372
12 December, 2003 Proverb: "The beer is difficult to strain." - Anyuak (Ethiopia) 6414

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