Ashanti Proverbs

Ashanti also known as Asante, are part of the Akan ethnic group and are native to the Ashanti Region of modern-day Ghana. The Ashanti are the largest tribe in Ghana, in the west of Africa.

What is the Ashanti tribe known for?

The wealthy, gold-rich and influential Asante Empire

Where did the Ashanti tribe originate from?

The ethnic Akan people migrated into the forest belt of Southern Ghana

What language do Ashanti speak?


When a woman is hungry, she says, “Roast something for the children that they might eat.”

Ashanti Proverb

What is bad luck for one man is good luck for another.

Ashanti Proverb

He who cannot dance will say, The drum is bad.

Ashanti Proverb

One cannot both feast and become rich

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed

When one would climb a tree, one begins from the bottom and not the top

Someone should carry the load that they are able to carry

A stranger is like a child

Force against force equals more force

The biting fly has no one to come to his aid in trouble

If you are in hiding, don’t light a fire

A physician’s fee is not paid till the sickness is over

Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together

Money is sharper than a sword

The poor man and the rich man do not play together

A person who struggles constantly to acquire things will always fail before they get what they want

Evil begets evil. Revenge begets revenge

If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get ill.

If you understand the beginning well, the end will not trouble you.

The moon moves slowly but it crosses the town.

There is no medicine against old age.

If nothing touches the palm-leaves they do not rustle.

When the Cock is drunk, he forgets about the Hawk.

When a man is coming toward you, you need not say: “Come here.”

The child which is to turn out any good is not reared entirely on a beautiful mat.

If you want to speak to the Creator, speak to the wind.

A private matter is not like the old cloth that has been spread to dry in the marketplace.

A man is made in the forefront of battle and not at home.

Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.

You must act as if it is impossible to fail.

When the archer was born, he did not hold a bow.

No tree ever bore frut without first having flowers.

Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.

The ruin of a nation begins in the home of its people.

Do not follow the path. Go where there is no path to begin the trail.

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Written by Simba


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