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AFRICAN PROVERBS ON COMMUNITY

African Quotes on Unity and Community

 

  • A single bracelet does not jingle. ~ Congolese proverb
  • A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. ~ African proverb
  • Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you. ~ African proverb
  • If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African proverb
  • It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African proverb
  • Many hands make light work. ~ Haya (Tanzania) proverb
  • Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~ Bondei proverb
  • Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper. ~ Tanzanian proverb
  • Unity is strength, division is weakness. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Where there are many, nothing goes wrong. ~ Swahili proverb

Leadership & Peace

 

  • A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. ~ Lesotho proverb
  • A large chair does not make a king. ~ Sudanese proverb
  • A leader who does not take advice is not a leader. ~ Kenyan proverb
  • An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb
  • Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~ Ethiopian proverb
  • Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. ~ Tanzanian proverb
  • He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~Ugandan proverb
  • He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. ~ Ugandan proverb
  • He who refuses to obey cannot command. ~ Kenyan proverb
  • He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
  • If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a body-guard. ~ Sierra Leone proverb
  • If you can’t resolve your problems in peace, you can’t solve war. ~ Somalian proverb
  • Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. ~ African proverb
  • Peace does not make a good ruler. ~Botswana proverb
  • Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenyan proverb
  • Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. ~ West African proverb
  • There can be no peace without understanding. ~Senegalese proverb
  • War has no eyes ~ Swahili saying
  • When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. ~Ashanti proverb
  • When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. ~Ugandan proverb
  • When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.  ~ Swahili saying
  • Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. ~ Ethiopian proverb
  • Without a leader, black ants are confused. ~Ugandan proverb

 

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