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West African Proverbs

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glenn wishner

on 11 February 2015

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Transcript of West African Proverbs

West African Proverbs
West African Proverb
Background Information
West African Proverbs and Extended Families
Directions for your Prezi
What is a proverb?
Proverbs are short sayings that have a lesson or ethical purpose to teach.
How to read a Proverb
Proverbs are often metaphorical. You cannot always take the meaning of a proverb literally. You have to read deeply to uncover the meaning of a proverb.
How to read a West African Proverb
In West Africa, proverbs often use animals indigenous to the area to convey the lesson. These proverbs are often used to teach every day lessons.
The following proverb relates to extended families. The proverb is conveying the message that as the leader of your extended family, you need to listen to your relatives if you want them to listen to you.
"A leader who does not take advice is not a leader" ~ West African Proverb
"Where a woman rules, streams run uphill" ~West African Proverb
This proverb relates to extended families. This proverb is conveying how extended families can withstand any problems if they work together.
"Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you" ~West African Proverb
You must find 3 West African proverbs and explain how they relate to
traditional economy.

Use one of the following 3 presentation applications for your proverb activity:
1. Prezi
You will be graded using the same rubric that is used for the tri-folds and E-cards.
"when spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion" ~ West African Proverb
This proverb relates to extended families. The proverb is conveying that if you do not have an older wise man leading your extended family, then everything will be out of balance.
PROVERB, it just fits in with extended families ~Mr. W.
Possible proverbs:
"A full stomach does not last overnight"
"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable"
"People get fed up even with honey"
"Little by little fills the bowl"
"A united family eats from the same plate"
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