Funny African Proverbs

elemaasailife is full of questions, idiots are full of answers

A man without culture is like a zebra without stripes

A monkey does not see it’s own ass( a monkey will laugh at a fellow monkey’s ugly ass)

Never underestimate the power of silly people in large numbers

No matter how hot anger is, it cannot cook

A child can play with its mother’s breast, but not its father’s testicles

There is no virgin in a maternity ward

He who swallows a coconut must have complete trust in his anus

If the sun claims superiority over the moon, let it shine at night

He who sleep with itchy anus wakes up with smelly fingers

The frown on the face of a goat will not prevent it from being sold

There is no greater injustice than when anus farts, head receives a knock

He who educates a man educates an individual, he who educates a  woman educates a whole nation

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance

Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor

Wisdom is like the baobab tree, no one individual can embrace it

The disobedient fowl obeys in a pot of soup

There is always a winner even in a monkey’s beauty contest

When the head is too big, it cannot dodge blows

However much the buttocks are in a hurry, they will always remain behind

A person who sells eggs should not start a fight at the market

A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream

Do not insult a crocodile while your foot is still in the water

A man who marries a beautiful woman,and the farmer who grows corn by the roadside have the same problem


Have a great time laughing folks and feel free to add more. There are more proverbs but these are the top funny.

Goodnight and love

Nderi. S







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  1. My dear, what a wonderful collection. Are these recorded somewhere or part of your research? Or were they passed to you as an oral tradition? May I have your permission to write some poetry using them, if I promise to share the poetry with you?

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    1. Thank you. Yes, some are of oral tradition, while others cuts across East, Central and West Africa. Basically proverbs are used during communication in Africa, on a daily basis and yes you are free to use and share with me, that would be awesome.


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