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.

  1. Nobody is born wise, African proverb
  2. Wisdom is wealth. – Swahili
  3. Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ~ Akan proverb
  4. Wisdom does not come overnight, Somali proverb
  5. The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water, Cameroon proverb
  6. Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others, Hema (DRC) proverb
  7. Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem, Akan proverb
  8. Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand, Guinean proverb
  9. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams, Nigerian proverb
  10. A wise person will always find a way, Tanzanian proverb
  11. A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning, Kenyan proverb
  12. Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden, Akan proverb
  13. The fool speaks, the wise man listens, Ethiopian proverb

Regina Maere

I was born in Mangochi and educated in Dedza at Umbwi Secondary School, Following Secondary School I attended The Institute of Journalism, Lilongwe. Inspired by great writers, with a passion for writing it is my ambition to inspire others too through writing.