African proverbs are much more than artistic sayings. They symbolise real life situations in just a few words that show great meaning. Here are 13 African proverbs relating to wisdom.
In cultures, historically without literature, proverbs gave an understanding of cultural values and historical insights. Consisting of rhyme or clever allusions they are entertaining, historically popular and remain popular in African culture today.
- Nobody is born wise, African proverb
- Wisdom is wealth. – Swahili
- Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ~ Akan proverb
- Wisdom does not come overnight, Somali proverb
- The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water, Cameroon proverb
- Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others, Hema (DRC) proverb
- Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem, Akan proverb
- Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand, Guinean proverb
- In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams, Nigerian proverb
- A wise person will always find a way, Tanzanian proverb
- A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning, Kenyan proverb
- Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden, Akan proverb
- The fool speaks, the wise man listens, Ethiopian proverb