145+ African Proverbs with Hidden Meanings You Didn’t Know

Proverbs and wise sayings played an important and significant role in ancient African culture and traditional history. Their hidden meanings main function was to warn, teach, entertain and prevent tragedy by using wise examples through oral literature, stories and wise sayings. This article presents 100+ Funny African Proverbs and hidden, deeper Meanings You Didn’t Know in relation to the present.


By: Fatuma's Voice


Generally, ancient African proverbs talk about life, love, death, cheating, friendship, marriage, commitment and other important social issues. They express intellectual and emotional attitudes: disappointment, sympathy, intention, acceptance as well as moral attitudes: approval, disapproval, appreciation, apology or regret.


Most of the best funny African proverbs were short, funny and humorous. Because of their deep euphemism, they had an ability to wisely pass inspiring and important lessons or life teachings in serious situations.


Here is a list of 24 Funny Ancient African Proverbs with a hidden deeper Meaning:


  1. The only woman who knows where her man is every night is a widow. – Togolese Proverb

  2. Before you go out with a widow, you must first ask her what killed the husband. – Traditional African Proverb 

  3. A child can play with its mother’s breasts but not with the father’s testicles. – Ghanaian Proverb

  4. Without fools there would be no wisdom. – Traditional African Proverb 

  5. When a fly perches on a man’s scrotum, he immediately learns humility. – Ghanaian Proverb.

  6. The anger of a penis doesn’t destroy the vagina. – Zimbabwean Proverb

  7. A person who sells eggs should not start a fight in the market. – Traditional African Proverb 

  8. A widow is the only woman who knows where her man is every night. – Togolese Proverb

  9. If u go to sleep with an itching anus, u are sure to wake up with smelly fingers. – Kenyan Proverb

  10. The man who marries a beautiful woman and the farmer who grows corn by the road side have the same problem. – Ghanaian Proverb

  11. However much the buttocks are in a hurry, they will always remain behind. – Traditional African Proverb 

  12. Swallowing a knife may be hard but once you do, the anus always finds a way to expel it. – Seychelles Proverb 

  13. The major reason why a tortoise will carry the weight of its house forever is fear. – Nigerian Proverb

  14. An erected penis has no conscience. – Ugandan Proverb

  15. No matter how far a man can urinate, the last drop will always land between his feet. – Kenyan Proverb

  16. There’s no virgin in a maternity ward. – Cameroonian Proverb

  17. When you see a woman sitting with her legs open, never tell her to close them, because you do not know her source of fresh air. – Ethiopian Proverb

  18. It requires a lot of carefulness to kill the fly that perches on the scrotum. – Traditional African Proverb 

  19. Hot temper will never cook yams. – Nigerian Proverb

  20. The frowning face of a goat cannot stop its owner to take it to the market. – Traditional African Proverb

  21. A truthful man will soon find himself expelled from 9 villages. – Kenyan Proverb

  22. A man with diarrhoea will not require any one to give them the direction to the door. Ugandan Proverb

  23. The day a mosquito lands on your testicles is the day you will know there is a better way of resolving issues without using violence. – Senegalese Proverb

  24. Human feces will always smell, no matter how small – Gambian Proverb


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