Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), one of Africa’s and Nigeria’s most celebrated sons said it best, “Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” Referring specifically to Igbo culture, and indeed in many Nigerian cultures, palm oil is used to make the meal sweeter. In the same way, our conversations are enriched by the proverbs we use. Here are a few wonderful African proverbs that should get you thinking. Some are straightforward. And some are not. And as every African child knows, the latter were not intended to be, and will have to be learned through experience, and over a lifetime.
1. When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow. Ethiopia
2. You know who you love but you can’t know who loves you. Nigeria
3. Where there is love, there is no darkness. Burundi
4. If anyone makes you laugh, it is not always because they…