The Shona are exceedingly rich in proverbs. Proverbs are a cherished and interesting part of their oral literature.

Afa haachatyi kuora.

Translation One who has died is no longer afraid to rot. Application One who has decided to carry out a … Read more

Afira nyora haachemwi.

Word definitions nyora: These are small deep incisions made into the skin, leaving permanent marks after healing. Translation People will … Read more

Agumhina afamba, hazvienzani naTigere.

Word definitions gumhina: limp Tigere: name which literally means ‘we are seated’ Translation One who has limped has walked, unlike … Read more

Agura musuva atozva mwoyo, hazvienzani neagere.

Word definitions gura: break off musuva: morsel of sadza taken in the hand when eating. tozva: ease hunger only slightly … Read more

Akazvara sekera muchitende.

Word definitions dende: hollowed out and dried gourd used as a container. (Large gourds are also used to mount the … Read more

Akweva sanzu, akweva namarara aro.

Translation One who drags a branch, drags along its leaves. Application Some responsibilities come with other responsibilities, some of which … Read more

Ane ganda ane nyama, hazvienzani neakabata hwowa.

Definitions hwowa: mushroom Translation One with animal skin (for relish) has meat, and is better than one who has mushrooms. … Read more

Ane mombe yake anoziva makumiro ayo.

Word definitions kuma: low Translation The owner of a cow knows how it lows. Application One who is well acquainted … Read more

Anokuti rima ati udye.

Translation He who tells you to work the land wants you to have food. Inspiration Traditionally, the Shona relied primarily … Read more

Anoti chengeta mwana wako, anoti ugozotuma hako.

Translation He who tells you to raise your child wants you to have someone to send on errands. Application Sometimes … Read more

Aramba ukama apa huku yangu kurarama.

Translation My fowl gets to live longer when one cuts ties with me. Inspiration It is customary among the Shona … Read more

Ateyera mariva murutsva haachatyi kusviba magaro.

Definitions rutsva: area of burnt grass riva: trap with a falling flat stone, for catching small animals Translation One who … Read more

Atora chake haabvunzwi.

Translation One should not be questioned for taking away what’s theirs. Application One who is in possession of something that … Read more

Baba muredzi, mwana kuchema anodaidza mai.

Word definitions muredzi: One who entrusts another with a child’s care Translation A mother, unlike the father, is the true … Read more

Badza guru kupa murimi, kuripa simbe inovata naro.

Translation Give a big hoe to a farmer; a lazy man will fall asleep with it. Inspiration Traditionally, the Shona … Read more

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    About Shungu

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    Shungu is the voice behind ZimbOriginal. She has a restless hand and a penchant for discovery. Her upbringing is fairly balanced between an urban and rural setting. The urban - pretty basic and spent almost entirely in boarding school. The rural - not so glorious and filled with all the dreaded chores that come with keeping a rural homestead going. Shungu is a qualified chartered management accountant and currently lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Learn more.

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