African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase


DJIBOUTI [Capital City: Djibouti]



1. The mighty tree falls and the little birds scatter in the bush.

2. Rather than get up and do a bad dance, stay put.

3. What an adult sees from the ground, a boy cannot see even if he climbs a silk-cotton tree.

4. We do not kill a dog because of its barking.

5. In dancing with the enemy, one follows his steps even if counting under one’s breath.

6. A camel never sees its own hump.

7.A dog does not mind being called a dog.

8. A guest who breaks the dishes of his host is not soon forgotten.

9. A lie has many variations, the truth none.

10. A woman listens only to the advice of a fool.

11. A woman’s strength is a multitude of words.

12. A wound inflicted by a friend does not heal.

13. Clouds do not always mean rain, but smoke is a sure sign of fire.

14. The wasp says that several regular trips to a mud pit enable it to build a house.

15. The tears running down your face do not blind you.


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


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