A New Release by author Sam Chege published by Amistad, an imprint of Harper Collins: Life is God’s Best Gift Wisdom from the Ancestors on Finding Peace and Joy in Today’s World
Africa is the birthplace of the human race, once great civilizations, and a place where knowledge, art, music, democracy, culture, trade, agriculture and wisdom first flourished. Her ancient crypts are rich with proverbs, enduring life lessons and pearls of wisdom that have universal application. But they are not well known. I want to share these priceless gifts from Africa with you and enrich your life. I will post one proverb per week along with a brief life lesson. When you read them, tell us how you plan to apply the lessons in your life and relationships. Post your stories right here. Together we can create a global movement that enriches lives through these inspirational African gems of wisdom. Here we go:

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Be Genuine

“A letter from the heart can be read on the face.” (A proverb from Kenya)

The face mirrors joy and sorrow. What is in your heart cannot be hidden from the outside world. Therefore, be genuine in all your relationships with fellow human beings. Let your honesty be the thread that weaves and binds all your interactions with other people.

Today many of us communicate through social media and attach digital images or icons (emojis) to express what is in our hearts. Some emojis are easy to read while others are hard to decipher. But there is a road from the heart to the eyes that does not go through emojis. The actions of a genuine person require no translation. Honesty is a light in the heart that shines through your eyes.

Next Steps…

Take a moment to reflect on ways  this African gem can impact your life, whether  in your relationships with loved ones, with colleagues or in the community.

Also, share with us your favorite African proverbs on any subject! Together we can try and decipher their meanings and applications in life.

63 thoughts on “Home”

  1. I’m an avid traveler and have visited 35 different countries. What I love most about African proverbs is that they are really very deep and true. This one is my fav:
    “Seeing is different than being told.”

  2. “The laughter of a child lights up the house.”

    I have twin girls and that proverb hangs on my lounge with my babies’ pictures. 🙂

  3. I agree with you. We should keep the spark of our ancestors alive through their words. Good Job Sam!

  4. I’m from America but all my ancestors were from Africa and my granny always made me learn african proverbs to make my life run on the right track. I still remember how she used to say “If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree.”

  5. “By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.”
    I loved it soooo much that this is my new motto!

  6. My favorite proverb is this from Africa.
    If you educate a man you educate one individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.

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