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    Afɔtude memua de o

    A single trial cannot win you the game


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    "A man's mind is elevated to the status of the women he associates with." ~ Alexandre Dumas

    "If another people rest on your ignorance--and they do--they will educate you into ignorance."- Dr. Amos Wilson

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    Gbɔsike menɔna gbɔŋgɔ o

    Orderliness is the first principle of life…….everything has its position


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    "A man's mind is elevated to the status of the women he associates with." ~ Alexandre Dumas

    "If another people rest on your ignorance--and they do--they will educate you into ignorance."- Dr. Amos Wilson

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    Vidzi kolo mesɔa nɔa to o

    That you have money does not mean you know how to spend money judiciously----that you are a man does not mean you can do what an elder man can do


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    Akpa medzia vi woɖia adeɣe o

    Everyone has his or her own qualities and skills…..you cannot possess someone’s quality or skills merely because of blood relationship or closeness


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    Ge metua xo na aɖaba o

    Knowledge is the repository o elders


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    Fetritsi mekɔna wua agbletɔ o

    You cannot claim ownership pride yourself of wisdom when you do not make knowledge, someone is teaching you wisdom….some children think they know too much to keep quiet at meetings


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    Akpa le tome gake menya tsi fe vevie nyenyeo.

    A fish is in water but does not know the importance of water.

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    A fish is the last to acknowledge the existence of water.


    Ewe (Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Togo) Proverb

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    "A man's mind is elevated to the status of the women he associates with." ~ Alexandre Dumas

    "If another people rest on your ignorance--and they do--they will educate you into ignorance."- Dr. Amos Wilson

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    Asi deka melea todzo o.

    One hand does not catch a buffalo. (English)


    Ewe (Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Togo) Proverb



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    "A man's mind is elevated to the status of the women he associates with." ~ Alexandre Dumas

    "If another people rest on your ignorance--and they do--they will educate you into ignorance."- Dr. Amos Wilson

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    Koklo metsoa pu adika soa avu o

    The dog does not worry when the chicken runs over to the bones



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    Ewe Proverbs

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    The Ewe speaking peoples are found mostly in South Eastern Ghana, Southern Togo and Benin and in South Western corner of Nigeria around Badagri. In Ghana, they are generally known to be very hard working people, very honest and straight forward people.


    Abo mekpe na wu ata o.
    The arm is not bigger than the tie.
    Meaning: Try to know your place in society. Don’t try to be what you can’t be.

    Adaata so ha, mo le eme.
    Although the grass looks even, there are paths in between.
    Meaning: Every problem has a way of solving it. All people are not the same.

    Afevemegbo, gbodome wotsina.
    A goat that belongs to two homes, is left unattended.
    Meaning: A person who has not decided where they belong eventually belongs nowhere. You cannot be partisan. Nobody can be totally neutral.

    Afotude memu na De o.
    A stroke of the foot can not fell the palm tree.
    Meaning: Very weak efforts should not expect great results.

    Agbebadaa metia agbeto o.
    A bad life does not overwhelm the person who leads it.
    Meaning: It is not easy for a bad person to correct themselves.

    Ago bia De bia, gake Ago me daa ami o.
    The hawk-palm is ripe and the oil palm is also ripe; but the hawk-palm does not make oil.
    Meaning: Don’t expect the same results from the things that look alike; they may not produce the same results. Not all that glitters is gold.

    Ako be nemedi vu o ha, kpo yefe bleme da.
    The Parrot says, even if he is not bleeding, at least look at his red tail feathers
    Meaning: Even if the truth is not apparent at least look at the evidence.

    Ale nyemitsi be yele gbome gblem ha, eya nuto fe blenu sako.
    The sheep diarrhea all over the town to spoil it, but its tail is also clogged up
    Meaning: Whatever bad things you do to others actually reflect badly on you too.

    Amedzro nkugaa, menyaa xodome mo o.
    A stranger with big eyes, cannot know the secret paths of the community.
    Meaning: There are some secrets of a society that cannot be known to outsiders/strangers.
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