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However long the night, the dawn will break.
A dog knows the places he is thrown food.
Blind belief is dangerous.  - Luyia , Western Kenya
Bad dancing does not brake an engagement.  - Luyia , Western Kenya
A messenger cannot be beaten .  - Luyia proverbs , Western Kenya
A Dog that steals sells its body.  - Luyia proverbs , Western Kenya
A Champion bull starts from birth.  - Luyia.Western Kenya
The pillar of the world is hope.  - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
A tree not taller than an ant cannot shade you.  - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
He who marries a real beauty is seeking trouble.  - Accra proverb, Ghana
The young can't teach traditions to the old.  - Yoruba proverb
There is no medicine against old age.    - Accra proverb, Ghana
That man's a fool whose sheep flees twice.    - Oji proverb
When your mouth stumbles, it's worse than feet.    - Oji proverb
Hold a true friend with both hands.  - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
The pillar of the world is hope.  - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
One does not love if one does not accept from others.  - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
Rising early makes the road short.  - Wolof proverb, Senegal
It is better to walk than curse the road.  - Wolof proverb, Senegal
If there is cause to      someone, the cause to love has just begun.  - Wolof proverb, Senegal
The teeth of a man serve as a fence.  - Wolof proverb, Senegal
We add wisdom to knowledge.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
A hyena cannot smell its own stench.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Do not follow a person who is running a way.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
We should put out fire while it is still small.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Water can not be forced uphill.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
The eye is a coward.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
We should talk while we are still alive.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Even a friend can not rescue one from old age.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
You can not take away someone's luck.  - Kalenjin (Kenya)
There is no bad patience.  - (Knappert, p. 46, Swahili).
A low-class man will just talk; deeds are the hallmark of a gentleman.  - (Knappert, p. 84, Swahili)
God is our neighbour when our brother is absent.  - (Knappert, p. 33, Swahili)
A donkey knows no gratitude.  - (Knappert, p. 138, Swahili)
The climber of ladders will descend [the ambitious person will be brought back down].  - (Knappert, p. 93, Swahili)
The good looks of a moron do not stay that way for long.   - Ethiopia (Ayele, p. 23, Amharic)
The haughty blind person picks a fight with his guide.   - Ethiopia
The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit.    - Ethiopia
Do not vacillate or you will be left in between doing something, having something and being nothing.  - Ethiopia
It is foolhardy to climb two trees at once just because one has two feet.  - Ethiopia
Though the lion and the antelope happen to live in the same forest, the antelope still has time to grow up.  - Cape Coast, Ghana
When you are at home, your troubles can never defeat you.    - Cape Coast, Ghana
A stranger does not skin a sheep that is paid as a fine at a chief's court.   - Cape Coast, Ghana
The orphan does not rejoice after a heavy breakfast.  - Cape Coast, Ghana
The chicken is never declared          in the court of hawks.  - Cape Coast, Ghana
He flees from the roaring lion to the crouching lion.    Sechuana
A crime eats its own child.  Sechuana
A sorcerer has no distinctive colour.  Sechuana
He has not married a woman; for she is [the equal of] a man.    Sechuana

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