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African Proverbs on Money, Wealth, Riches and Poverty

  •  Make some money but don’t let money make you. ~ Tanzania
  • It is no shame at all to work for money. ~ Africa
  • He who loves money must labor. ~ Mauritania
  • By labor comes wealth. ~ Yoruba
  • Poverty is slavery. ~Somalia
  • One cannot both feast and become rich. ~ Ashanti
  • One cannot count on riches. ~ Somalia
  • Money is sharper than the sword. – Ashanti
  • A man’s wealth may be superior to him. ~ Cameroon
  • The rich are always complaining. ~ Zulu
  • The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. ~ Yoruba
  • The poor man and the rich man do not play together. ~ Ashanti
  • Lack of money is lack of friends; if you have money at your disposal, every dog and goat will claim to be related to you. ~ Yoruba
  • With wealth one wins a woman. ~ Uganda
  • Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. ~ Akan
  • A real family eats the same cornmeal. ~ Bayombe
  • If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn. ~ Congo
  • Money can’t talk, yet it can make lies look true. ~ South Africa
  • One cannot count on riches. ~ Somalia
  • Money is not the medicine against death. ~ Ghana
  • He who receives a gift does not measure. ~ Africa
  • Much wealth brings many enemies. – Swahili
  • There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday, no one became fat because he broke a fast. ~ Ethiopia
  • What you give you get, ten times over. ~ Yoruba
  • Greed loses what it has gained. ~ Africa
  • You become wise when you begin to run out of money. ~ Ghana
  • If ten cents does not go out, it does not bring in one thousand dollars. ~ Ghana
  • You should not hoard your money and die of hunger. – Ghana
  • Wealth diminishes with usage; learning increases with use. ~ Nigeria
  • Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. ~ Akan
  • Having a good discussion is like having riches ~ Kenya
  • Knowledge is better than riches. ~ Cameroon
  • You must act as if it is impossible to fail. ~ Ashanti
  • Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can. ~ Ashanti



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