Ghanian Proverbs

A child who is to be successful is not reared exclusively on a bed of down. 

A cracked bell can never sound well. 

A powerful deity is the one to whom sacrifices are offered. 

An army is driven back by courage and not by insults, however many. 

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. 

Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle. 

Don’t expect to be offered a chair when you visit a place where the chief himself sits on the floor. 

Hate has no medicine. 

Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king. 

If the hunter comes back with mushrooms, don’t ask him how his hunt was. 

If the strong man has nothing else, he can at least command others. 

If you are in hiding, don’t light a fire. 

It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten. 

Misfortune does not restrict his visits to one day. 

No one tests the depth of the river with both feet. 

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths. 

Rain wets a leopard’s skin, but it does not wash out the spots. 

The left hand washes the right and the right washes the left. 

The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people. 

The responsibility of power is like holding an egg. Grasp it too tightly and it will drip through your fingers; hold it too loosely and it will drop and break. 

The soul of a rich man has no taboos. 

There is bound to be a knot in a very long string. 

We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today. 

What is bad luck for one man is good luck for another. 

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. 

When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. 

When you are rich, you are resented; when you are poor, you are despised. 


One thought on “Ghanian Proverbs

  1. When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful.

    When you are rich, you are resented; when you are poor, you are despised.

    I thought these two were really profound.

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