Meaning. People laughs at those in trouble even when they are the next in line. Source: Macmillan (). 1, Kikuyu proverbs: with translations and English. 1, Kikuyu proverbs. Responsibility: with translations and English equivalents. By G. Barra, in association with the East African Literature Bureau. Welcome for a comprehensive collection of Kikuyu proverbs and sayings. Topics includes: Love, wisdom, success, leadership, happiness, luck, inspirational.

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I appreciate your efforts man, you are better off these people, at provdrbs you placed it here for us to learn! Ten helpless people were surpassed by a single strong person.

Gutiri muthenya ukiaga ta ungi. Giathi kiumu no kia murokero That of circumcision is a hard appointment The Kikuyu circumcision is a civil and religious rite by which the adolescent is admitted into the public life of the tribe and becomes a man in the full possession of his rights.

I am glad to offer this selection of Kikuyu proverbs to the young Akikuyu, makers of the future of the tribe. Strength does not correspond with courage. Cia uthoni ciambaga nguhi.


Prepotence comes quickly to an end. A good friend is a treasure.

JE WAJUA: kikuyu proverbs

Guoya utuuragia ukia mucii. The night is a cloak for sinners.

Guciara kunaga irigu ngingo. The Kikuyu girls go around with bald heads which they get periodically shaved by their relations. Poor people have no friends. To get the warmth of fire one must stir the embers.

Kikuyu proverbs

There is no man that cannot become an orphan. Gatami kari mondo yene gatingikurutira wira.

If you help yourself you will be helped. Gutiri uciaragwo ari mugi. Giikaro kimwe kiri ngee kana ndaa.

1,000 Kikuyu proverbs : with translations and English equivalents

Iri gukura ndiri mwiroreri. Out of the One Thousand proverbs, we have taken the liberty of picking just one in order to illustrate the interesting complexities and beauty of these diamonds. He who spends his time adorning himself knows he is going to a dance. Aka matiri cia ndiiro no cia nyiniko Women have no upright words, but only crooked ones The Kikuyu use the proverb to say that women keep no secrets and seldom tell the truth. Every man thinks his own geese swans. Sour grapes, as the fox said when he could not reach them.


Kikuyu riddles and proverbs – Traditional Music & Cultures of Kenya

Cia thuguri itiyuraga ikumbi. Women conceal all that they know not. Out of temperance comes strength. To eat much leaves you with a swollen belly. There is no name which cannot distinguish a child. Morally the proverb means that men easily agree when deciding on an enterprise, but will probably quarrel as soon as they have obtained what they want. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study.

No gains without pains. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by provers. Gatitu ka ngoro gatiunagwo. Some features of WorldCat will not be available.

Misfortunes may come in spite of watchfulness. Guthekererwo ni andu ti kuririrwo ni hiti.

In the middle of the banquet a proerbs swooped down in the courtyard where the meat was being roasted, snatched a big piece and brought it to Wacu. Home About Help Search.