I was scrolling through Btsmedia’s Instagram’s page and stumbled upon these African proverbs that left me blessed with laughter, deep thoughts, and so much insight. Why won’t I share it with my awesome readers?

Scroll and read through. Their meanings are very juicy and will feed your heart with lots of enlightenment.



1. If you think you are too small to make a Difference, you haven’t spent the night with a Mosquito


Mosquitos has actually killed more people than lions, bears and snakes put together. About 1 million people every year. Don’t let your size belittle your potentials. Have you ever heard of legends eulogised for their size? Either physically, age or experience, strive not to undermine how great an impact you can create. Just make sense. If you forget this point. The next mosquito bite should remind you!

2. If you want to improve your memory, lend someone money


This particular one got me thinking for about an hour. It holds many interesting applications in it. If you want to improve your understanding in anything, teach someone. If you want to improve your skills, serve others with it. If you want to multiply your joy, share it. If you want to receive much more, give much more. For whatever you pour out of yourself, you get back in multiples (usually not in the same form).

3. When bad luck chooses you as a companion, even a ripe Banana can remove your teeth


Simply put, “Sh*t happens”. You will definitely have bad days. in such cases, blaming yourself would not solve the problem. It’s just one of those days to learn from. Have you heard? Things will work together for your good. And as Dale Carnegie said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Just keep pressing on, you are almost there.

4. People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrow knows how to swim


Not even one scientific research proves that this method erases problems. So why do people still practice it? Okay to run from their problems or maybe to “cool off”. Now replace that word “drinking” to that illegitimate thing you do to drown your sorrow. You might need to face your problems head on, that’s how they don’t get repeated.

5. When a fool is being cursed, he thinks he is being praised


A fool is a fool. He doesn’t know that he does not know. He does things the same way and yet expects a different result. A fool doesn’t know when to shut up and listen. When to stay hidden to ripen. He can’t identify right timing (to do things) and right words to use. Humm, hope none of these applies to you?

6. Speak softly and carry a Big stick; you will go far


Politeness doesn’t mean foolishness, gentility doesn’t mean stupidity. When dealing with others you will need the complete package of your head (lots of wisdom) and heart (lots of love). Low and Lol, (sounds nice)

7. A cow that is in a hurry to go to America will soon return as Corned Beef


However the buttocks are in a hurry, they will always be behind. Instead of looking for the better environment why not become a Minister of “Internal Affairs”. Fix yourself. Like my mentor will say, a monkey in Nigeria is a monkey in America.

8. A Leopard is chasing us, and you are asking me “Is it a male or a female?”


We sometimes ask irrelevant questions instead of focusing on solving the problem. Some questions are already too late to ask, just switch to “proactive mode” and focus on getting results instead of complaining. Read more on how to do that here.

9. You can learn a lot about someone by observing him when he is hungry


Three things “tell most” about people, PowerPleasure, and Pressure. Don’t just say you know that person just yet. Wait, let these three situations hit. Then you can see their true nature. Apply this to anybody you want to commit yourself to, marriage, business, mentorship, friendship (or any other “-ship”).

10. If a donkey kicks you and you kick back, you are both Donkeys


Don’t argue with a fool, people watching might not be able to tell the difference. It’s most advisable to know whose words are to be ignored. Some will pull you down emotionally. Others will discourage or get you angry. Don’t allow such words get to. Also, choose not to repay  evil with evil. Live by a higher standard especially above mediocrity.

(Pictures from African Proverbs on Instagram)


Hope you had fun and learned also, it’s now your turn to share.

What number do you think was funniest?