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African Proverbs On Chiefs and Kings

Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu

A chief is like a swamp where fire ceases to burn. ~Malawian Proverb

The way a chief acts affects the entire village. ~Ugandan Proverb

The chief's wealth is his subjects. ~Congolese Proverb

Being a small chief is better than being second in command. ~Ugandan Proverb

Where the chief walks the disputes are settled. ~Namibian Proverb

When the village chief himself goes around inviting people to a meeting, know there is something wrong with the system. ~Malawian Proverb

The chief who bullies the landowner starts by breaking his sugarcane. ~Ugandan Proverb

The chief is a fist; whether closed or open, the nearest get the most. ~Ugandan Proverb

A chief is like a rubbish heap; everything comes to him. ~Malawian Proverb

When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. ~Ugandan Proverb

A chief is a reward of God. ~Nigerian Proverb

The chief has a clever messenger. ~Ugandan Proverb

A deputy chief settles only small cases. ~Ugandan Proverb

A generous chief makes you thankful. ~Ugandan Proverb

The chief is fire; keep your distance when warming yourself. ~Ugandan Proverb

Jealousy eats the two chiefs. ~Ugandan Proverb

A quarrelsome chief does not hold a village together. ~Malawian Proverb

The chief does not eat from two sides. ~Malawian Proverb

The chief kills the life of the village, not the trader. ~Ugandan Proverb

A crazy chief is more noted than ten normal people. ~Ghanaian Proverb

A chief is like a potato vine; in straightening it, you break it. ~Malawian Proverb

He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~Ugandan Proverb

A needle can overcome a chief. ~Congolese Proverb

Kings have no friends. ~Senegalese Proverb

Kingship is like buffalo hunting; everyone joins in the kill. ~Ugandan Proverb

Even the king needs to be taught. ~Somali Proverb

A large chair does not make a king. ~Sudanese Proverb

The king who shuts his eyes during famine in the land will soon see ancestors. ~Nigerian Proverb

A king cannot reign without the support of the elders. ~Burundian Proverb

The king does not kill; it is his hangers-on who kill. ~Ugandan Proverb

Other peoples wisdom prevents the king from being called a fool. ~Nigerian Proverb

When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. ~Ghanaian Proverb

Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~Ethiopian Proverb


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