African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase

Equatorial Guinea

EQUATORIAL GUINEA [Capital City: Malabo]

This country was also formerly colonized by the French and became independent in 1960.


1. A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.

2. As long as the white man stutters, the interpreters have a lot of work.

3. Before you buy shoes, measure your feet.

4. The eyes of the trapper are as subject to reddening as those of the small animal that he pursues.

5. The bush in which you hide has eyes.

6. Wherever a man goes to dwell, his character goes with him.

7. Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.

8. A butterfly that flies among thorns will tear its wings.

9. A good wind is no use to a sailor who doesn’t know his direction.

10. The bird which flaps its wings too much will drop its feathers.

11. Never compete with the elephant in defecating.

12. A feather is a delicate thing when removed from a bird yet it carries the bird anywhere in the world.

13. If you dream of moving mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting small stones today.

14. An agama lizard in the village will always remain an agama in town.

15. Your beauty will take you there, but your character will bring you back.

16. Nobody holds the cow by its horn while another milks it.

17. A man that lives near the river will not use spit to wash his hands.

18. A dog that is determined to go astray will not wait to listen to the voice of the master.

19. Any river that forgets its source will definitely dry up.

20. The rabbit that stays in a hole must be ready to face the hunter’s fire.

21. He that learns to eat without reservation must learn to starve.

22. A monkey left behind laughs at the others’ tail.

23. Little does he know that his own tail is longer and probably bushier.

24. The search of a black fowl should always be done before darkness falls.

25. A stubborn chicken learns its lesson in a hot pot of soup.


The following links will take you to sources that have some important information on Equatorial Guinea:

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