The Twi-speaking people of Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Benin, use proverbs to adorn the speech and make it rich. Among the Akans (twi-speaking people), the skillful use of proverbs is a sign of good breeding. Here’s a proverb that spoke to me recently:
‘εreba, εreba’ na eye hu, na enya ba a εnyε hu bio.
“It’s coming, it’s coming” is what is frightful, but once it arrives, it’s no longer scary.
In other words, news of an impending event is more dreadful than the event itself. Isn’t that the truth? So we are to stop fearing for the future or what lies ahead. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
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