Angolan Proverbs

Sayings of Angolan Origin

Body is easily satisfied but not the heart.

Early corn is best, so the firstborn is the one to delight in.

It is the destiny of the donkey to carry the heavy burden.

The mouse does not talk back to the lion.

The real journey of discovery begins in old age.

Don’t despise the nut, one day it will be a palm tree.

There is not enough room for two elephants to sit in the same shade.

What the guest would like is what the host is ashamed to offer as not being good enough and the guest is disappointed.

Chance all; see what destiny yields.

It is the voyage not the ship that matters.

To be sure that your friend is a friend, you must go with him on a journey, travel with him day and night, go with him near and far.

As the ocimbamba seeks the low lying tree so friends gather to the friendly person.

You cannot do without water, even if it drowned your child.

The crocodile is only strong in the water.

A person of pleasant and agreeable appearance but close and exacting, driver of hard bargains.

He who goes to Our Lady of Muxima with an evil heart risks being drowned crossing the river to get there.

The mysterious road beckons the young man.

In the larger affairs the minor are forgotten.

There is no hurry about the matter in hand.

Any visitor to the country who drinks from the River Bengo will never want to leave.

Appearances are deceitful.

Beyond your sphere your importance wanes.

One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food.

The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever.

Labor has sure reward.

The squirrel does not talk back to the elephant.

The Republic of Angola

Angolan Proverbs

Angola, officially , is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh largest country in Africa, and is bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the north, and Zambia on the east; its west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean and Luanda is its capital city. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (An excerpt from Wikipedia)

Angola is a member state of the United Nations, OPEC, African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Latin Union and the Southern African Development Community.

Luanda, is the capital city of Angola, and the country’s most populous and important city, primary port and major industrial, cultural and urban centre. Located on Angola’s coast with the Atlantic Ocean.

Portuguese is the official language of the country.

“Onwards Angola-Angola Avante!” is the national anthem of the Republic of Angola.

Angolan National Anthem ( English Lyrics):

O Fatherland, we shall never forget
The heroes of the Fourth of February.
O Fatherland, we salute your sons
Who died for our Independence.
We honor the past and our history
As by our work we build the New Man.
We honor the past and our history
As by our work we build the New Man.

Onwards, Angola!
Revolution through the power of the People!
A United Country, Freedom,
One People, one Nation!
Let us raise our liberated voices
To the glory of the peoples of Africa.
We shall march, Angolan fighters,
In solidarity with oppressed peoples.
We shall fight proudly for Peace
Along with the progressive forces of the world.

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