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Afican Proverbs


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African proverbs

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Afican Proverbs

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