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There is a Nigerian saying, which Author Chinua Achebe is famous for making widely known, that perfectly sums up the importance of proverbs. It says, Proverbs are the palm oil  with which words are eaten,which roughly implies that, just as palm oil makes food sweeter, so too do the use of wise sayings in your life.

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Provers that come from the Motherland come in all varieties and for all life situations. Here are ten that will keep to remember during difficult times:

1. Patience can cook a stone. – many African cultures

2. He who fears the sun will not become chief. – Ugandan proverb

3. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. – African proverb

4. Better little than too little. – Cameroonian proverb

5. A flea can trouble a lion more than a lion can trouble a flea. – Kenyan proverb

6. To get lost is to learn the way. – African proverb

7. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. – Nigerian proverb

8. Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. – African proverb

9. If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito. many African cultures

10. When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you – African proverb


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