Akan (Twi) Proverbs
Ɔkyɛm tete a, ɛka ne mmeramu.
When the shield wears out, its framework remains.
Ɔfatwafo akatua ne owuo
The payment for a sell-out is death.
Aboa bi bɛka wo a, ɛfiri wo ntoma mu.
If a bug bites you, it's from the inside of your cloth.
Mmosea twa wo nan ase a, ɛfiri fie.
If a pebble cuts the bottom of your foot, it is from your own home.
Obi sɔ ne gya hye wo a, wosɔ wo deɛ hyɛ ne turum'.
If someone lights a fire and burns you, you light your fire and shove it into his/her @$$.
Deɛ ɔtwitwa amene suro ayayada.
One who cuts throats is scared to sleep on his/her back.
Ɔbra yɛ ko. Abusua yɛ dɔm.
Life is war. Family is army.
Abanoma nsen ɔba pa.
An adopted child is not greater than a biological child.
A-di-wo-hu-kan se meda me ho so.
One who anticipates the actions of an enemy prepares oneself.
(Literally, "I-have-seen-you-first says 'I am prepared'".)
Nnɛɛmmaafoɔ se tete asoɛe yɛnsoɛ hɔ bio. Na adɛn nti na yɛntu tete-muka mmiɛnsa mu baako na ɛnka mmienu?
Children of today say, WE shouldn't do things in the ways of Our Ancestors anymore (literally, the resting place of the Ancestors, WE don't rest there anymore). So why is it that they don't take out one of the three stones used to hold up the cooking pot and just leave two?
Yɛsoma 'banyansafoɔ, na ɛnyɛ anammɔn-tenten.
We send the wise child on an errand, not the child with long feet.
W'ahoɔfɛ de wo bɛkɔ...na wo suban de wo bɛba.
It is your beauty that takes you there, but your character that brings you back.
Abaayewa a wantie oni ne ɔse kasa na ɔkyima Kurudapaawukuo.
A girl who is disobedient to her mother and father has her menstrual period beginning on a ritual Wednesday.
Abaabunu wu na yɛde akɔkorawa anaa aberewa di n'adeɛ a, na ayie no na yɛatu ahyɛ da.
When the young dies and the old is chosen to inherit his or her possesions, it is only a question of scheduling another funeral.
Abadwadeɛ yɛ wo dɛ a, w'afuo yɛ ketewa.
If you are too interested in sharing court fees, your farm never grows in size.