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– Proverbs carry very important messages
– Truths are embedded in these proverbs
– Proverbs also contain wise sayings
At times, your parents and grandparents communicate to you in proverbs. Keeping these sayings is not an easy task at all. Understanding it is a different thing altogether.
Here are some Ghanaian proverbs you must not do away with:
1. One knows even when one neighbor’s bread is in the oven.
2. A Fanti man builds his mansion in his stomach.
3. Even the elephant can fan off flies with its short tail.
4. A powerful deity is the one to whom sacrifices are offered.
5. A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer.
6. A woman is a flower in a garden; her husband is the fence around it.
7. It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.
8. It is easy to become a monk in one’s old age.
9. Since the beggar would come any way, it’s best to invite him first
10. There is no medicine to cure hatred.
11. A good woman should be as bright as sunshine, as black as ink, and as sweet as honey.
12. Since the beggar would come any way, it’s best to invite him first
13. When a deceiving man tells you to climb a tree, tell him to climb it first. If he finds a comfortable spot you can follow him.
14. Look to the past to help us move forward in the future.
15. It is Mr. Old-Man-Monkey who marries Mrs. Old-Woman-Monkey.
16. Time operates like a bird; while it is before you, if not caught, it flies away and never to be seen again.
17. A hand is never enough to lift a heavy load.
18. Human’s conscience is God’s witness.
19. If there is no smoke, there won’t be fire.
20. A woman can be compared to a woolen blanket which if you use to cover yourself, you may feel irritated, and yet, if you remove it, you become cold.
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