African proverbs and their cultural meanings - Dni Afryki 2019
28 May 2019, Tuesday
Start time: 19:00
Place: Warsaw - Śródmieście dist., Staromiejski Dom Kultury, Rynek Starego Miasta 2
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African proverbs and their cultural meanings – Omoye Akhagba, GADO – Global African Dialogue
African culture and tradition is not complete without proverbs and wise words from the elders just like every other culture in the world. Proverbs are used as a form of human communication to pass important information to people.
African proverbs have meanings that are interpreted for better understanding and usage. Proverbs are part of cultural heritage that are handed down to generations as a way of preserving traditions and cultural practices.
This presentation will focus on the various proverbs from different parts of Africa. Most African proverbs are likened to objects, events, animal and people of the same cultural background. The African proverbs are originally in their native forms especially in local languages and then translated for other people from outside the culture or ethnic group to learn and understand.
Some examples :
• It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: this means that the upbringing of a child is a communal effort. Nigerian Proverb.
• Rain Beats the Leopard's Skin But it Does Not Wash Out the Spots: this means that one can’t change other people’s character or ill habits. Ghanaian Proverb
• You cannot chase two antelope at once: this means that you can only focus one thing to get the best result. Zulu Proverb
• One who bathes willingly with cold water doesn’t feel the cold: this means that one should be ready to take responsibility for their actions. Tanzanian proverb