African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase

Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE [Capital City: Harare]

Until 1978, Zimbabwe had been called Rhodesia. Led by Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) gained independence for the indigenes and did away with the colonial administration and its apparatus. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe degenerated into total political and economic chaos in the many years of Mugabe’s rule, giving the world its worst inflation rate of over a million per cent.

The emergence of the Morgan Tzvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Congress has provided a power-sharing arrangement under which Zimbabwe was to be restored to a stable environment.

PROVERBS FROM ZIMBABWE

1. If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips.

[Interpretation: – If you don’t handle your personal life properly, it will create problems for you. It is important for you to know how to use your resources judiciously so that you don’t end up suffering any mishap of your own making.]

2. A borrowed fiddle does not finish a tune.

3. The monkey does not see his own hind parts; he sees his neighbor’s.
[Interpretation: It is difficult for human beings to see and admit their own shortcomings; yet, they don’t hesitate to condemn others over trifles that they readily point to as such people’s inadequacies/faults.]

4. A ripe melon falls by itself.

5. If words fail no others will avail.

6. Long ago did not live long ago.

IMPORTANT LINKS ON ZIMBABWE

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

http://www.zimembassy-usa.org/

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