Akan Proverbs (20 Proverbs)


  • When a shield wears out, the framework still remains.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • A child who is to be successful is not to be reared exclusively on a bed of down.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • There is nothing wrong with learning from hindsight.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • The tsetse-fly is perched on the tortoise's back in vain.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • The puff adder that cannot fly has caught the hornbill that flies.
    (Akan Proverb)


  • The one who asks questions doesn't lose his way.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • The knot tied by a wiseman cannot be undone by a fool.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • The gun catridge-belt of Akowua has never been known to lack bullets.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • The good mother knows what her children will eat.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • The clever bird is easily trapped in the leaves at the edges.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • The child is capable of splitting open the snail, not the tortoise.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • Only birds of the same clan or species play together on the same tree.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • If you do not have sandals, find some, if you do not have gun powder, find some for a score to settle with you on the battle grounds.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • If an ass goes a-traveling, he'll not come home a horse.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • You are the subject of he whose handcuffs you wear.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • If a horn deserves a jawbone, they attach one to it.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • When you go to a town and you see the chief of the town is in handcuffs, you do not ask whether everything is alright in that town.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • Death's ladder is there for everyone to climb.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • When the hen steps on the feet of her chicken, she does not mean to kill them.
    (Akan Proverb)

  • Although the snake does not fly, it has caught the hornbill, whose home is in the sky.
    (Akan Proverb)


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