African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase


GUINEA [Capital City: Conakry]

Guinea gained independence from France in 1958, defying all odds and blazing the trail for nationalism in French-controlled territories. France was threatened by Guinea’s brazen assertion of independence and it granted wholesale independence to its territories in Africa in 1960.


1. One camel does not make fun of the other camel’s hump.

2. The man on his feet carries off the share of the man sitting down.

3. Around a flowering tree, one finds many insects.

4. To make preparations does not spoil the trip.

5. He who has done evil expects evil.

6. A good deed is something one returns.

7. He who does not cultivate his field will die of hunger.

8. A cow that has no tail should not try to chase away flies.

9. It is God who drives away flies for the tailless animal.

10. The toad likes water but not when it is boiling.

11. Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

12. When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well but few will be ready to go down after it.

13. To have two eyes is cause for pride; but to have one eye is better than to have none.


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




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