James 1:5, 6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
In celebration of African-American History Month, I thought you would enjoy reading some funny and wise African Proverbs and a variety of folklore from the continent of Africa and the United States.
1. An old lady feels uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb (Ghana)
2. There is no virgin in a maternity ward (Cameroon)
3. No matter how hot your anger may be, it cannot cook. (Lesotho)
4. Without fools there would be no wisdom.
5. Do not laugh at the one who drowns himself if you haven’t crossed the river yet.
6. Hot water doesn’t forget that it has been cold.
7. When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby
8. To try and to fail is not laziness.
9. It is not work that kills, but worry.
10. When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised.
11. When an old man died, it is a library which is burning.
12. It always seems impossible until it is done. (Nelson Mandela)
13. A family is like a forest, when you are outside, it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place.
14. Wisdom does not come overnight.
15. To get lost is to learn the way.
The Chief Who was No Fool-by Philip Martin –A Liberian Folktale (Tale of a wise woman and a foolish husband)
Which is Better? (Three brothers in love with the same woman)
Ananse and the Pot of Wisdom –or No One Person Can Have All the Wisdom in the World– A West African Folktale (A father’s respect for his son)
The World’s Reward-by James A. Honey –South African Folktale (Just what happens when a pet is ignored?)
Wait Until Emmet Comes-(A West Virginia Ghost Story) African-American Folktale
Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
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