African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase


MAURITIUS [Capital City: Port Louis]



1. Bad leaders are elected by poor citizens who do not vote.

2. The cow that bellows does so for all cows.

3. Rulers are like hills; when darkness falls, they all speak alike.

4. The bull defending his own head breaks his horns.

5. The chameleon looks in all directions before moving.

6. The cleverness of one alone is a shallow well that soon dries up.

7. When a leader changes mood, followers change the place of their abode.

8. When the head is too big, it cannot dodge blows.

9. A hen cannot lay eggs and hatch them in the same day.

10. Young people think that when they grow up they will reach the sky, and touch the stars; but after a while, they realize how far the sky is.

11. When a frog lies on its back, it means something has happened to it.

12. A person who has not secured a place on the floor should not
begin to look for a mat.

13. You do not give a hyena meat to watch over.


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


One thought on “Mauritius

  1. hydeouscreature on said:

    I’m from Mauritius, never ever even heard a single one of ’em. Except if – of course – you retrieved them from Mauritian Literature, otherwise, nada.

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