Wednesday Photographs: African Proverbs (a pictoral view)

Once again, it’s Wednesday Photographs on THURSDAY!  Started out with one fun pic from Tanzania to share… then read a wonderful book of African proverbs a dear colleague gave me in TZ (trying to find one for the pic..) Had so much fun, decided to share More Photos with some of the sage wisdom contained therein.

So today look & learn something new from these photos & wise sayings of Africa..

(Women carrying lots on their heads is a typical scene in Africa, but i took this pic in Morogoro because i loved this modern African woman on her way to the office the African way – in HEELS! : )

“Burdens become light when cheerfully borne.”  – Ovid

“God gave burdens, also shoulders.” – Ethiopia 

“Pray for a good harvest, but keep on hoeing.”  Tanzanian Proverb

“Those who accomplish great things pay attention to little ones.” – Malawi 

(this young man is cycling his heavy load of bananas over 25+ km along this hilly, windy Kagera road to market… I took this pic (with his permission – note the smile) & put it on my office wall in Dar es Salaam as a reminder of the challenges accessing markets from rural Tanzania to urban areas (especially in this north-western-most region of TZ!)

“No matter how long and winding the road might be, it will always lead you to your destination.”  – Malawi

“Life is like riding a bicycle, you don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling.”  Sierra Leone

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”  Ugandan Proverb

“There is always room for the people you love, even if the house is crowded.”  – Tanzania

“Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.”   – Sierra Leone

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  – The Gambia

“If you think you are too small to be noticed, go and sleep in a room which is full of mosquitoes.”  Nigerian proverb

“The pillar of the world is hope.”  – Nigeria

grace, peace & African Wisdom

         Virginia : )


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8 Responses to Wednesday Photographs: African Proverbs (a pictoral view)

  1. John Paine says:

    Outstanding! Thank you for sharing such great nuggets of wisdom. There is so much happiness in your photos–makes me wonder how much we need to be happy and how much is just a distraction from what really counts (Galatians 5:6b). God bless!

    • Virginia says:

      Blessings back to you, John! Methinks sharing joy transcends continental cultural boundaries – some of my life’s most joy-filled days were spent in refugee camps in Gaza (of course, a few of the scariest days, too!)… & in Africa (where the poverty at times boggles the mind) i learned so much about Joy…& So Many Other things…

      Life here, as there, is about learning….loving… living… & sharing who we ARE (& what we HAVE, altho here we can learn lots from the African community way of sharing – it’s not Mine, it’s OURS….the good times, the tough times, JOY!)

      grace, peace & JOY – Virginia : )

  2. I love proverbs and I think you did a brilliant job pairing them with pictures.
    Your photography is beautiful and I look forward to seeing more of it

    • Virginia says:

      Sawsan – finding your beautiful blog yesterday was like finding a Treasure Trove to explore & savour (literally, Can’t Wait to try out your recipes!) Your photography is totally awesome (!!!) … & like our Food Network here, your step-by-step pics make it look achievable (not necessarily ‘easy’ – Middle Eastern food is Incredibly Yummy, but sometimes Quite Involved to make!)… & approachable ( i am getting up the nerve to make the Knafe !!)… & AMAZING… (i WILL make the Knafe as yours looks So Amazing!)

      Shukran! – grace, peace & Amazing Blogs — Virginia : )

  3. Uncle Tree says:

    This is a very good post, Virginia! 🙂
    The quotes were well chosen, and the pictures fit wonderfully.
    Thanks for this inside look at another world!

    Peace, luvz, and grace – blessed be! Uncle Tree

    • Virginia says:

      UNCLE TREE!! Thank you for dropping by…& for your encouraging comment. Africa is truly a Beautiful Continent with Beautiful People — ’twas a blessing to live there & learn there (so much) & grow there (lots) & share there (the Good & the Challenging)…

      …& how fun to take you there for a ‘visit’ … : )

      grace, peace & Blog Travelers – Virginia : )

      p.s. you would love the Baobab Trees – my fav (will find a pic in the piles..)

  4. Beatrice Minja says:

    Asante Sana Mpendwa.
    The photos and the provebs made me shed some tears, I do not know why ? But most importantly I miss you in this part of the world where there is so much joy in living and sharing its beauty despite of working day and night in improving the livelyhood of many peple. I was seeing you mentaly taking this photos and looking back to our program vision & strategic objectives. There is great development since you left Tanzania. I wish we could organise a trip for you to visit our programs.
    I will visit USA -Narshvile /Tennesee and participate in wedding event in Florida towards the end of this month -12th October. I do not know if it may turn to be a
    golden opportunity to see you again.

    • Virginia says:

      Dada Beatrice!! Ninakushukuru sana (SANE) : ) You are wonderful & your message really brightened the day… & to think you will be in the USA next month!?! For sure we must plot & plan … ‘twould be a Grand Blessing to see you & catch up. (Will send an email message to sort out details!!)

      I do so like these proverbs — and feel so blessed to have learned so much from the peoples of Africa (including YOU!)

      grace, peace & Grand Blessings – Virginia : )

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