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African Proverbs – The Precious oil of words

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Words in Africa have weight, there is strength in them: “They create and give you life”. Some words are as solid as the yam (roots) and as sweet as kola (nuts), especially those spoken by the ancestors, who have handed them down to their descendants for them …. to eat. And to make them tastier,…

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Peace in African proverbs

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  Proverbs, expressions of experiences that left signs on the life and soul of humanity, mark a field of action, indicate a path, point to a danger, and underline a contradiction. So, when the wisdom of a people affirms: It is impossible to make peace with a sword (Kongo – DR Congo) and sustains: War…

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Proverbs – Well of wisdom

People can be diffident and hard to be convinced. At least this is what they say in Cameroon, because “if a bird does not recognize a tree, it will not rest on it”.  Yet, Senegalese know that quality attracts people more than just words: “all birds will flock to a fruitful tree. So watch out…

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Oral Literature – People’s wisdom

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  With hundreds of ethnic groups, Africa is a haven of diversified cultures. It is also a mine for those who wish to explore the world of wisdom, often crystallized in proverbs. Here are some from around the continent. We are responsible for what we do, after all: A man cannot undo his past. Can zebras…

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Advocacy

The Bribris of Costa Rica: Preventing Escalation of Violence and…

The Bribris are a native people of about 11,500 in total, established in Costa Rica for centuries, some think for 5,000 years. They live on…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Boy.

Long ago and far away there was a wealthy man who had several wives. Of a sudden, this man learned that his town was to be…

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Youth & Mission

Empowering African Youth.

Young people in Africa today face many different challenges and circumstances.  These engender both hope and hopelessness among them, depending on their  particular context and on…

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