African elders were smart, (by smart, I mean exactly that, very smart). They sure knew of the very best ways to warn, educate and even scold stubborn children without making the youngsters feel directly attached using wise sayings and proverbs. In fact, the victims would at the moment feel some sense of self worth, thinking they have been praised but the reality would then down on them after sometime.
It is for this reason that there are numerous hilarious African proverbs and sayings that serve the purpose, send a message home but in a really funny and even laughable way. Explained below are some of the common funny but educative wise and inspirational sayings from the cradle of mankind, Africa.
Don’t mistake a Short Man for a Boy: Yes, just because a man is shorter vertically doesn't make him a boy. A man is only a boy once, and once he leaves the boyhood, he becomes a man and it is irreversible. How often do you judge people based on their appearance, color, race, or even their levels of education? This Nigerian proverb warns the judgmental individuals against looking down upon others in the society.
Just because you have been stung by a bee doesn't mean you destroy all beehives: This is a Kenyan proverb that seeks to manage anger and collective approach to problems. Just because an individual, a member of another country or race wrongs you doesn't mean that all of them are equally bad. Don’t forget about the honey you can harvest from other beehives later.
A boy perched on a tree sees what an old man sees seated on a stool: This is a West African proverb that sought to promote and encourage respect to the elderly. Older members of African communities are considered wiser than the young ones.
The Sun that Melts Wax Dries Clay: This is a wise African saying from Niger that seeks to bring out the two sides of a coin in everything. Isn't it true that there is always something positive in all the negative things that happen around us? Be objective and see beyond the current challenges in life.
He Who Runs Alone Celebrates: This Kenyan proverb simply means those who compete against themselves definitely have no idea how good they can be unless they do it with others. The only way to win a race is to head to the track and battle it out with other athletes. If you choose to do things your way, you sure will make mistakes and your competitiveness can only be proved if you compete against others.
Other funny proverbs and Sayings from Africa
- · Anger, no matter how hot it is, can never cook yam-Nigerian proverb on anger management
- · You have to be careful to kill a fly that is perched on your scrotum-from Ghana, anyone knows what this could mean?
- · If the throat can swallow a knife, the anus must find a way of expelling it….:)
- · A goat’s frown cannot stop it from being taken to the market-Nigerian proverb-what has to be done, has to be done.
And finally, there is this one from Guinea, “It is ok for a kid to play with the mother’s breasts, but not the father’s testicles.” Are there any hilarious but wise sayings and proverbs from Africa or any part of the world you know about? Please share…hope you enjoyed the reading!