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15 Funny African Proverbs

  1. If the fish comes out of the water to say that the crocodile is ill, no one should doubt it. (Nobody will doubt what a close friend says about you.)
  2. When the rain falls on the leopard it wets the spots on his skin but does not wash them off. (A person’s nature is not changed by circumstances.)
  3. He who thinks he is leading and has no one following is only taking a walk
  4. If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a bodyguard.
  5. The same sun that melts the wax, hardens the clay
  6. A child can play with its mother’s breasts, but not its father’s testicles
  7. A man who hangs around a beautiful girl without saying a word ends up fetching water on her wedding.
  8. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.
  9. U can only realize that small things irritate most only when u sleep in a room where there is just one mosquito
  10. Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat
  11. If men swear that they want to harm you when you are asleep, you can go to sleep. If women say so, stay awake.
  12. If you do not travel, you will marry your own sister.
  13. No Matter How Powerful A Man Is, He Cannot Make The Rains Fall On His Farm Alone.
  14. Before you go out with a widow, you must first ask her what killed the husband.
  15. It's better to fall from a tree and a break your back than to fall in love and break your heart.

You can also check 20 Wise African proverbs for more wisdom

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