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 you refuse to share, one day you may find that you have lost some or all of it, due to unexpected circumstances.