Swahili Proverbs

Representations of five Swahili proverbs created by Form 3 students at St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Arusha, Tanzania

 

Don’t Play with the World, If You Will Play with the World, You Will Regret-Usicheze na Ulimwengu Ukikulemea Utajuta

Don’t Play with the World, If You Will Play with the World, You Will Regret-Usicheze na Ulimwengu Ukikulemea Utajuta


 “This picture shows the woman who is a drunker. She use a lot of money to buy alcohol instead of using her money for the benefit of her future.

Since she used a lot of money to drink alcohol she become poor and also begers (begs).”


Turia Duara-The Earth is Round



Turia Duara-The Earth is Round

“There was once two friends, Amy and Michelle, they were very best friends and helped one another during every moment they spent together.  One day as they were doing their final exams, Amy panicked and forgot some of the answers to the questions. She had no choice than to cheat by asking Michelle for the answers. Since Michelle loved Amy a lot, she decided to write the answers on a piece of paper and passed it on to Amy. Unfortunately, the investigator saw them and pinched Amy so hard and took her to the Headmistress. 

In the headmistresses’s office, both Amy and Michelle were called. They were so sad because they knew that it was a very bad mistake to communicate in the exam. The headmistress was very furious and angry too because she knew her students had disobeyed her so she took a very fast decision of chasing Amy away from the school. Amy was sad and she was kneeling in front of the headmistress trying to apologize but the headmistress wouldn’t listen to her. Michelle was sad as Amy was leaving but she was also happy at the same time because she wasn’t chased from the school.
 
After three years, Michelle shifted the school she was in because she couldn’t have the life without Amy. So she decided to go out to another school and start a new life. The school she joined was a very nice school with big buildings and nice surroundings. People over there were so friendly and nice to. Amazingly, Michelle met Amy again and Amy was so happy to see her. They apologized to each other and they were friends again. They both loved their new school and promised never to cheat again in their exams no matter what.


Amy and Michelle were the best friends ever and this is to say, What goes around will surely Come Around.”

 

Five fingers, which one is important- Vidole Vitano, Kipi Bora



Five fingers, which one is important- Vidole Vitano, Kipi Bora.

 
“In this picture we can see one person. She is trying to carry a big load and she failed to carry it. So we can see one person, he/she can’t carry a big thing or to do a big work.In this picture we can see that there are many people who are carrying the big log, so if we are shared something we can do better or faster. This is help to save time and to do many work at the write time.”

 

Mambo Mazuri Hayataki Haraka-Good Things Do Not Need Hurry!

 
Mambo Mazuri Hayataki Haraka-Good Things Do Not Need Hurry!

 
“On the picture there is a boy who is trying to approach a girl while they are still students but the girl refuses and tell him to wait as good things do not need hurry.

10 Years Later… 


And on the second picture a girl has finished her studies and she had graduated. She has accepted to be the boy’s girlfriend and they are ready to get married.”

 
The Day of Monkey’s Death, All Trees Slides-Siku Ya Kufa Nyani Miti Yote Huteleza

The Day of Monkey’s Death, All Trees Slides-Siku Ya Kufa Nyani Miti Yote Huteleza

“The rich woman in the bar drinking and having fun without thinking of what will happen next. After a while all money was over and she couldn’t do anything again.

The woman sitting down and regretting how she was using her money carelessly. Her daughter is asking for the school fees. She can’t give her. That proves that “the day of monkey’s death, all trees slide.”

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