August 1, 2009

Aug. 2009: “Nobody kills an ignorant person who begs for wisdom.” – Mafa (Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger) Proverb

African Proverb for the MonthAugust 2009 Ta kda ndo n’rezla’a man a tètèkè maya azbai. (Mafa) On ne tue pas l’ignorant qui mendie la sagesse. (French) […]
July 1, 2009

Jul. 2009: “There is no hyena without a friend.” – Meru (Kenya) Proverb

African Proverb for the MonthJuly 2009 Gũtirΐ mbiti itari mũnyanya.  (Meru) Hapana fisi asiye na rafiki. (Swahili) There is no hyena without a friend. (English)     […]
June 1, 2009

Jun. 2009: “Go in that direction” does not mean that you go. To go means, “let’s go together!” – Sena (Mozambique) Proverb

African Proverb of the MonthJune 2009 “Pita uko,” si kuenda. Kwenda ndi “Tiyende kuno!” (Sena) “Vai nesta direcção” não é andar. Andar significa “vamos embora juntos!” […]
May 1, 2009

May 2009: “A thieving dog knows itself.” – Luyia (Kenya) Proverb

African Proverb of the Month May 2009 Imbwa inzifu yemanya. (Luyia) Mbwa aibaye yuajijua. (Swahili) A thieving dog knows itself. (English)   Luyia (Kenya) Proverb Background, […]
March 31, 2009

Apr. 2009: “Alive, we live in the same house or under the same roof. Dead, we rest in the same tomb.” – Malagasy (Madagascar) Proverb

African Proverb of the Month April 2009 Velona iray trano, maty iray fasana. (Malagasy) Vivant, nous habitons sous le même toît. Mort, nous nous reposons dans […]
March 1, 2009
The rich farmer on the left gives maize to his brother and sister.

Mar. 2009: “If you get a fine harvest of maize don’t break your local brotherhood and sisterhood.” – Bembe (Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC, Tanzania) Proverb

African Proverb of the Month March 2009 Walya ékongyé tù kone m’moka. (Bembe) Ne rompez jamais la fraternité à cause de la bonne moisson du maïs. […]
February 2, 2009

Feb. 2009: “An elder’s handbag is never completely empty.” – Acholi (Uganda, Sudan) Proverb

African Proverb of the Month February 2009 Kicaa pa ladit pe dong nono. (Acholi) Mkoba wa mzee hauishiwi kabisa. (Swahili) An elder’s handbag is never completely […]
December 31, 2008

Jan. 2009: “The hunger that has hope for its satisfaction does not kill.” – Igbo (Nigeria) Proverb

African Proverb of the Month January 2009 Agụọ nwere nchekwube/olịleanya a dịghị egbu egbu. (Igbo) The hunger that has hope for its satisfaction does not kill. […]
December 1, 2008

Dec. 2008: “When a leaf falls to the ground, the tree gets the blame/the shame goes to the tree.” – Nyanja (Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe), Chewa (Malawi) Proverb

African Proverb of the Month December 2008 Tsamba likagwa manyazi yagwira mtengo. (Nyanja and Chewa) When a leaf falls to the ground, the tree gets the […]