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Nana Says,.....

Nana Says, according to the wisdom of our ancestors....

Impetuous youth must be reminded, repeatedly to think.

Acting without first thinking often leads to wasted effort or calamity

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Nana Says, according to the wisdom of our ancestors....

Abuabua dze nkura dzi – What is regularly kept is eaten by rats.  This proverb emphasizes the Akan moral values of generosity and beneficence.  It warns that if someone refuses to share their prosperity or good fortune with their family and friends, and has the habit of keeping everything to themselves, they may find that they will loose what they prize due to theft or decay.   Akan culture reinforces the character value of generosity by teaching that if you can, you should make good use of what you have, by giving some to others who are in need. If...

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Nana Says........according to the wisdom of our ancestors,

  Ano ne ano hyia, a ntoto mma - When two mouths meet, conflict does not arise. The oral tradition found in African societies places tremendous value on the possession of an agile and wise mind, demonstrated through an articulate and thoughtful tongue.  The importance of discourse, to not only resolve disputes but also to avoid them, is a hallmark of the civil societies African culture fostered.  As we look back to uncover the heritage of our people, and forward to maintain our families, communities and society, the wisdom of this proverb can serve us well.

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