Importance Of African Proverbs

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AFRICAN CULTURES AND PROVERBS INTRODUCTION The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary describes a proverb as a well-known phrase or sentence that gives advice or says something that is generally true. According to Wikipedia a proverb can be described as a simple, concrete saying that is popularly known, repeated, and expresses truth based on experience or common sense. Proverbs are often metaphorical. This essay is not going to focus on proverbs worldwide but it will focus specifically on proverbs found in Africa. AFRICAN PROVERBS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE Wisdom and poetry are offered in just one sentence through African Proverbs. Proverbs are an important part of African cultures and are pride of African culture all across the African continent. Ngozi and Uba (2013) state “The beauty of proverbs is the universality of their meaning, everyone can relate to them in some way and on some level. These proverbs are also uniquely African and help gain an insight into African cultures. African proverbs can convey wisdom, truth, a discovery of ideas, as well as life lesson.” Proverbs help to get rid of the belief that people from Africa are uneducated and barbarics who are unable to speak English due to the stigmatisation surrounding those who are the educated in a typical western manner. When these African proverbs are translated it is easy to see the life experiences and the intelligence that African people possess. This helps people from other societies understand that the one

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