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West African Proverbs 2

West African Proverbs Part 2 – Proverbs from around West Africa, including Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Benin, Burkina Farso, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania … Use the page links at the bottom to navigate.

Cameroonian Proverbs

  1. However black a cow is, the milk is always white.
    Community/language of origin: Bamenda
    Country: Cameroon
  2. If money were to be found up in the trees, most people would be married to monkeys.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Cameroonian
  3. It is better to build children than to repair men.
    Community/language of origin: Bamenda region
    Country: Cameroon
  4. Fortune comes only to those who cannot exploit it.
    Community/language of origin: Limbo/N.W. Cameroon
    Country: Cameroon
  5. A goat grazes where it has been tithered.
    Community/language of origin: Yaounde region
    Country: Cameroon
  6. Lying can get you a wife, but it won’t keep her.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Cameroon
  7. Rain does not fall on one roof alone.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Cameroon
  8. By trying often, a monkey learns how to jump off a tree.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Cameroon
  9. Eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Cameroon
  10. A father who hides his secrets from his son exposes him to his enemies.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Cameroon

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