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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

Language, the way for Advocacy too.

I arrived among the Nuer in November 2005. It was my first mission assignment. I had expectantly waited for that moment throughout many years of…

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Baobab

Spider's Web.

The animals were lonely. They stood in the forest talking to one another, wondering how they could each get a wife to keep them company and…

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Youth & Mission

Our Planet. What we can do.

Human society, of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that…

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