African Proverbs


In line with the theme and the title of the newspaper–Omoluabi–, which campaigns against violence by not just saying what not to do, but by teaching, promoting and encouraging what to do instead, it is good to open this column with a proverb that has to do with character. The Yoruba people state that “IWA LEWA” or by breaking it down, it can also read “IWA NI EWA,” which means ‘character is beauty’.

This proverb candidly summarizes, dictates and governs the actions of Omoluabi. The proverb, “IWA LEWA” appeals to the heart and conscience of an Omoluabi by reminding him or her to behave appropriately and positively; such action or outcome will reflect the beauty of an Omoluabi.


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