African Proverbs on Money,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