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Unfortunately, many people instinctively associate the continent of Africa with poverty, disease, and conflict. In so doing they miss out on much of the wisdom that is waiting to be discovered from the motherland of civilization. By and large, it is a wisdom rooted in strong community bonds.
• "A bald head has no lice." • "Big fruit falls from big trees." • "It takes a whole village to raise a child."
These are just three of the more than 100 insightful proverbs contained in this book. The author's inspiring and instructive reflections point to overlapping themes to be found in African and in biblical spirituality. Be prepared to discover some previously hidden treasures.
"In African proverbs, a single sentence can be the repository of age-old wisdom. The saying 'A frog wants to be as big as an elephant, but bursts' offers a lesson on envy and self-esteem. The Rev. Tokunbo Adelekan explores a sampling of African adages and discusses their relationship to God, Christianity, and the timeless lessons they teach." Kristen E. Holmes, The Philadelphia Inquirer
The son of a Nigerian father and an African American mother, Tokunboh Adelekan is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds numerous master's degrees and a doctor of philosophy degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
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