African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase

Central African Republic


The French formerly colonized this country too. The Central African Republic is known for its political crises and the babaric rule of Emperor Jean Bedel Bokasa in the 1970s and early 80s.


1. The elephant does not limp when walking on thorns.

2. The voice of a strong person is obeyed immediately.

3, The sheep with a strong master sleeps with his tail outside the house.

4. When the shepherd comes home in peace, the milk is sweet.

5. A smart opportunist can be an intellectual moron.

6. Even in old age the lion lives with power and strength.

7. If your only tool is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail.

8. The law is a spider’s web; only the little insects get caught in it.

9. An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.

10. Even the lion, the king of the forest, protects himself against flies.

11. Every dog is a lion at his own gate.

12. If there were no elephant in the jungle, the buffalo would be a great animal.

13. It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

14. No man rules forever on the throne of time.

15. The elders of the village are the boundaries.

16. The poorest person in the world is not the one without money but one without vision.

17. Those who are born on top of the anthill take a short time to grow tall.

18. A big goat does not snort without reason.

19. A flea can trouble a lion more than a lion can trouble a flea.

20. A fool’s walking stick helps the wise man to stand.

21. An elephant is not overpowered by its tusks.

22. A house cannot be repaired when the owner is destroying it.

23. A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning.

24. Crookedness does not lead cattle.

25. Do not respond to a mosquito with a hammer because you will miss and hurt yourself.

26. He who has not reached his destination never gets tired.

27. If a leader limps, all the others start limping too.

28. One arrow can knock down an elephant.

29. The elephant can trip over a creeping plant.

30. The powerful should mind their own power.

31. The remedies of several medicine men weaken one another.

32. Too much fear creates slavery.

33. Too much tolerance paves the way for trouble.

34. Two lions cannot rule in one valley.

35. A big river is enlarged by its tributaries.

36. A bird with a tail is heard when squawking.

37. A quarrelsome chief does not hold a village together.

38. Accumulation got the giant rat killed.

39. Cooperation pulled the goat from the hyena.

40. Even the fiercest leader in the world is overcome by sleep.

41. He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk.

42. When a monkey climbs a tree, its bottom becomes more exposed the higher it goes.

43. When a wealthy leader runs out of words, it is money that does the talking.

44. If the sun claims that it has power over the moon, let it shine in the night.

45. If you think you have someone eating out of your hands, it is a good idea to count your fingers.

46. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.

47. The elephant’s tracks cover the camel’s tracks.

48. The king who shuts his eyes during famine in the land will soon see ancestors.


The following links will take you to sources that have some important information on Central African Republic:

The Bangui City

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