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You will find Proverbs and sayings in almost every culture in the world. On this post we have decided to dwell on popular African proverbs about peace and leadership. Proverbs were passed from generation to generation through storytelling and not much was written down about them.

The African proverbs are rich with wisdom and can teach us a lot about African culture. We can also learn the challenges our forefathers encountered and how they dealt with them. Sometimes proverbs were used for fun and entertainment too. I hope you will learn something from the following proverbs.

1) Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenyan proverb

2) War has no eyes ~ Swahili saying

3) When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. ~Ashanti proverb

4) Peace does not make a good ruler. ~Botswana proverb

5) A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. ~ Lesotho proverb

6) There can be no peace without understanding. ~Senegalese proverb

7) Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. ~ African proverb

8) If you can’t resolve your problems in peace, you can’t solve war. ~ Somalian proverb

9) When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. ~Ugandan proverb

10) When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled. ~ Swahili saying

11) Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. ~ West African proverb

12) He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb

13) An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb

14) He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. ~ Ugandan proverb

15) Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. ~ Tanzanian proverb

16) Without a leader, black ants are confused. ~Ugandan proverb

17) He who refuses to obey cannot command. ~ Kenyan proverb

18) He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~Ugandan proverb

19) A large chair does not make a king. ~ Sudanese proverb

20) Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~ Ethiopian proverb

21) Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. ~ Ethiopian proverb

22) A leader who does not take advice is not a leader. ~ Kenyan proverb

23) If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a body-guard. ~ Sierra Leone proverb

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