“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.” -George Kimble

© Copyright 2014 CorbisCorporationA detailed bibliography has been included to reference works and, as important, to encourage further exploration of African proverbs and culture.

  • Abdulai, D. (2000). African Proverbs: Wisdom of the Ages. Accra, Ghana: Dawn of a New Day Publications.
  • Adelekan, T. (2004 ). African Wisdom: 101 Proverbs from the Motherland. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press.
  • Ademola, K. (2000). More African Proverbs. Lagos, Nigeria: Pocket Gifts.
  • Anderson, I. (1972). Jamaica Proverbs and Sayings. Dublin: Irish University Press.
  • Appiah, P., and K. Appiah. (2001). Bu Me Be: Akan Proverbs. Accra, Ghana: Center for Intellectual Renewal.
  • Ayele, N. (1998). Wit and Wisdom from Ethiopia. Hollywood: Tsehai Publishers and Distributors.
  • Baptise, R. (1993). Trini Talk: A Dictionary of Words and Proverbs of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad, West Indies: Caribbean Information Systems and Services.
  • Beckwith, M. (1925). Jamaica Proverbs. New York: Negro Universities Press.
  • Beckwith, M. (1970). Jamaica Proverbs. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Burton, R. (1969). Wit and Wisdom from West Africa; Or, A Book of Proverbial Philosophy, Idioms, Enigmas, and Laconisms. Cheshire, CT: Biblo & Tannen Booksellers & Publishers.
  • Calana, Z. (2003). Xhosa Proverbs and Metaphors. Roggebaai, South Africa: Kwela Books.
  • Christaller, J. (1990). Three Thousand Six Hundred Ghanaian Proverbs (From the Asante and Fante Languages). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Cordry, H. (2005). The Multicultural Dictionary of Proverbs : Over 20,000 Adages from More Than 120 Languages, Nationalities and Ethnic Groups.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.
  • Cotter, G. (1992). Proverbs and Sayings of the Oromo People of Ethiopia and Kenya with English Translations. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Cross, V. (1994). Black Folk, Wit, Wisdom and Sayings. Kansas City, MO: Andrews and McMeel.
  • Dalfovo, A. (1997). Lugbara Wisdom. Pretoria, South Africa: Unisa Press.
  • Dicks, I. (2006). Wisdom of the Yawo People: Yawo Proverbs and Stories. Zamba, Madawi: Kachere Series, University of Malawi.
  • Elkhadem, S. (1987). Egyptian Proverbs and Popular Sayings. York, England: York Press.
  • Feldman, R., and C. Voelke. (1992). A World Treasury of Folk Wisdom. San Francisco: HarperCollins.
  • Fonge, M. (1997). Discover Life’s Treasures Hidden in African Proverbs: Where Village Is the Foundation. Houston, TX: LeBock Publishing.
  • Ibekwe, P. (1998). Wit & Wisdom of Africa: Proverbs from Africa & the Caribbean.Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
  • Jennings, C. (1996). As the Old Folks Usta’ Say . . . : Black Proverbs, Sayings, and Folk-Wit. Los Angeles: Sepia House Publishers.
  • Knappert, J. (1989). The A–Z of African Proverbs. London: Karnak House.
  • Kwayana, E. (1997). Gang Gang: Thirty African Guyanese Proverbs. Georgetown, Guyana: Red Thread Women’s Press.
  • Lambie, N. (1972). Where Continents Meet: African Proverbs. New York: John Day Company.
  • Leslau, C., and W. Leslau. ( 1985). African Proverbs. White Plains, NY: Peter Pauper Press.
  • Ley, G. (1999). African Proverbs. New York: Hippocrene Books.
  • McCormick, M. (1992). A Collection of African Proverbs. New York: Stone Street Press.
  • Malungu, C., and C. Banda. (2007). Understanding Organizational Sustainability Through African Proverbs: Insights for Leaders and Facilitators. Washington, DC: Pact Publications.
  • Merrick, G. (1969). Hausa Proverbs. New York: Negro Universities Press.
  • Mieder, W. (1997). The Prentice-Hall Encyclopedia of World Proverbs: A Treasury of Wit and Wisdom Through the Ages. New York: MJF Books.
  • Mokitimi, M. (1997). The Voice of the People: Proverbs of the Basotho. Pretoria, South Africa: Unisa Press.
  • Musere, J. (1999). African Proverbs and Proverbial Names. Los Angeles: Ariko Publications.
  • Okwelume, O. (2004). Drumbeats of Black Africa: A Collection of African Proverbs. Ibadan, Nigeria: Spectrum Books.
  • Omole, W. (1998). Collection of African Proverbs & Usages (Vol. 1). Ibadan, Nigeria: Molley Publishers Limited.
  • Opoku, K. (1997). Hearing and Keeping: Akan Proverbs. Accra, Ghana: Asempa Publishers.
  • Owomoyela, O. (2005). Yoruba Proverbs. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Scheffler, A. (1997). Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, and Other Proverbs from Around the World. Hauppauge, New York: Barron’s Educational Series.
  • Schipper, M. (2003). Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from Around the World. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Schipper, M. (1993). Source of All Evil: African Proverbs and Sayings on Women. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee.
  • Stewart. J. (1997). African Proverbs and Wisdom. New York: Kensington Publishing.
  • Stone, J. (2006). The Routledge Book of World Proverbs. New York: Routledge. Trottman, J. (2006). The Proverbs of Guyana Explained. London: Bogle L’Ouverture Press.
  • Wanjohi, G. (2001). Under One Roof: Gikuyu Proverbs. Nairobi, Kenya: Pauline Publications Africa.
  • West African Museums Programme (2004). Mandinka Proverbs and Sayings from the Gambia. Dakar, Senegal.
  • Znyembezi, C. (1954). Zulu Proverbs. Johannesburg, South Africa: Witwatersrand University Press.
  • Zona, G. (1994). The Soul Would Have No Rainbow If the Eyes Had No Tears. New York: Simon & Schuster.
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