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Nigeria Proverbs And Wisdom (Paperback)
Author: Mabel Ajala

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1592321038
List Price: $9.95



The proverbs and sayings of a nation will reveal their national character and personality traits. Benjamin Disraeli stated that “proverbs were anterior to books and formed the wisdom of the vulgar, and in the earliest ages were the written laws or morality.” William Penn had stated that “the wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy.” A Spanish writer had also remarked that “proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experiences.” Earlier, Sir Francis Bacon, an English philosopher had observed that “the genius, wit and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs”. Chinua Achebe, an excellent Nigerian authority, defines proverbs as “the oil with which words are eaten”. One finds it easy then, to believe that proverbs are to speech what salt is to food. In fact, there are Nigerian sayings that “a proverb is the house of a conversation; when the conversation lags, a proverb will revive it”, and “a wise man who knows proverbs reconciles difficulties”. It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that proverbs are the jewel of speech. No wonder that proverbs occupy such a special place in the traditional education system! It is almost axiomatic, then, that the ancient wisdom of a nation and their thought are often found in their proverbs.


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