This is a collection of African proverbs from the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. The collection features very popular proverbs often used by Igbo people in the course of business, conversation, relationship and admonition. Some of the proverbs featured in this collection appeared first in modern literature in Chinua Achebe's iconic novel, Things Fall Apart. The proverbs are rich in humor and wisdom from a very African perspective.
Born 16th of February 1954 at Okigwe in Eastern Nigeria. He had his primary education at Presbyterian primary school Abakaliki and finished at St. Peter's primary school Enugu. He went on to Government College Umuahia for his secondary education. At the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war in 1967, he enlisted on the secessionist side and fought in the Mortar Command of 73 Infantry Brigade. At the end of the civil war, he studied architecture at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus and graduated in 1979. He is the author of Go Tell Biafra, his Nigerian civil war memoirs, Shades of Passion, a collection of poems. Diana Valedictory, a collection of poems for Diana the princess of wales and Selected African Proverbs from the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. He has been in architectural practice since 1987.
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a typical West African society, just like the rest of the African
continent, proverbs are a normal part of day-to-day conversations.
Whether in times of happiness or in times of sorrow, elders talking to
the youth or a conversation between equals, there is always a proverb
that can be used to deliver the message more efficiently than regular
words would have done. In his book Selected African Proverbs: From the
Igbo People of Eastern Nigeria, Uzoma Azuonye brings you a collection of
close to 200 proverbs from West Africa. The proverbs are written both
in the local Igbo language and in English, with the meaning of each
Selected African Proverbs: From the Igbo People of Eastern Nigeria by
Uzoma Azuonye is your ultimate reference for African wisdom through
proverbs. These proverbs give a view of life as seen through the wise
eyes of the Igbo elders. Some of the proverbs are inspirational, some
offer encouragement, while others simply share amazing words of wisdom.
The proverbs are hard hitting, full of advice and fun to read. So if you
are looking for sage words based on African traditional values, look no
further. Selected African Proverbs: From the Igbo People of Eastern
Nigeria has a remarkable collection of proverbs from West Africa and you
will surely find at least one to address every situation. The proverbs
clearly illustrate the beauty of the African culture and the wisdom
behind many of the African traditional values and practices and give you
a sneak peek into the rich Igbo culture.