Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A proverb a day...

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.


  1. That's a really interesting proverb and so true. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I like a good proverb, something to repeat in my head when the occassion arises. :) The one you listed is excellent advice. I tend to worry a lot, and the proberb is right in that usually the worry is worse than that which is worried about.

    I heard somewhere that 98% of all things we worry about never happen. I have no idea if that's statistically correct, but it make me feel better. :)

    ~ Tina ~

  3. It's true, isn't it? We worry so much for nothing. I'm learning not to worry.

    Today is the only day that matters. :)

  4. Great proverb, Bisi and so true. How often we get all worked up about something that never happens. Thanks for sharing! Cat

  5. Oh yes - worry is worse than what comes. It's almost a relief when it comes?


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  6. So true, Corra, thanks for the visit!