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Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
Afican Proverbs
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Afican Proverbs
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Afican Proverbs


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African proverbs

African proverbs

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  • 1. African Proverbs
  • 2. Proverbs
    • People sometimes repeat stories or fables in order to teach wisdom or moral lessons.
    • A proverb is similar to the moral of a story;
      • it is a short saying that expresses a well-known truth
  • 3. Proverbs
    • Proverbs can apply to any place in the world and at any time.
    • Others are more specific and reveal something about the particular culture or historical period from which they originated.
  • 4.
    • Reading a proverb, may teach you something about African culture.
    • You may also learn that native Africans share some values with your own culture.
  • 5. Burning charcoal is turned into ashes. Every burning conflict eventually settles down and is forgotten
  • 6.
    • Why would proverbs be so beneficial in African culture?
  • 7.
    • The following proverbs originated among the Ewe tribe of Ghana in West Africa.
  • 8.
    • If a white man wants to give you a hat, look at the one he is wearing before you accept it.
  • 9.
    • If people want to give you something, you should beware of why they are giving it to you.
    • The proverb gives you a clue that West African culture is a nonwhite culture and that West Africans do not always find white people trustworthy.
  • 10.
    • The blacksmith in one village becomes a blacksmith's apprentice in another.
    • Big Fish small pond…
  • 11.
    • You do not become a chief simply by sitting on a big stool.
  • 12.
    • Our culture has proverbs of its own.
      • Haste makes waste.
      • A watched pot never boils.
      • Too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the meal.
  • 13. Your class work…
    • You will now interpret some more proverbs on your own.
    • You will also be given the opportunity to create your own proverbs.
    • Put your thinking caps on…