Akan Proverb: Oba nyansafo, wobu no be na wonka no asem.
Translation: We speak to the wise man in proverbs and not in plain language.
Meaning: There is no need to talk at length to an intelligent person.
Akan Proverb: Abofra bo nwaw na ommo akyekyere.
Translation: A child breaks the shell of the snail but not that of the tortoise.
Meaning: Do not attempt what is beyond your strength or do not be overambitious.
Akan Proverb: Aberewa hwe akoko na akoko hwe aberewa.
Translation: The old woman cares for the chicken and the chicken cares for the old woman.
Meaning: When someone cares for you, you are also expected to care for that person when he is in need.
Akan Proverb: Obi do wo a na oba wo fi.
Translation: It is when someone loves you that he comes to your house.
Meaning: A person keeps the company of the one he loves.
Akan Proverb: Oba dueduefo nto ne na funu. Oba kyimakyimafo nto ne na fun.
Translation: The wandering child does not see the body of his dead mother before burial.
Meaning: A person who does not keep in touch with his home usually misses important occasions, e.g., the burial of a close relative.
Akan Proverb: Obi nnim a, obi kyere.
Translation: If one does not know, another man teaches him.
Meaning: Men depend on one mother for knowledge.
Akan Proverb: Woto wo bo ase gua (dwa) ntetea a, wohu ne nsono.
Translation: If you patiently dissect an ant, you see its intestines.
Meaning: With patience difficulties can be overcome.
Akan Proverb: Obosom anim woko no mprensa.
Translation: The oracle is always consulted three times.
Meaning: If at your first attempt you do not succeed, try, try, and try again until you succeed.
Akan Proverb: Ayonkogoro nti na okoto annya ti.
Translation: It was because of bad friends that the crab has no head.
Meaning: One should be careful in making friends.
Akan Proverb: Onyame nkum wo a, wonwu.
Translation: If God doesn’t kill you, you will not die.
Meaning: Everything depends on the will of God.