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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