Beasty Is Back——The lost souls of ‘Black” Folks


“”…In a traditional Yoruba village everyone your grandfather’s age is called Babagba meaning grandfather and everyone your grandmother’s age is called Iyaba meaning grandmother. Everyone your father’s age is called Baba meaning father and everyone your mother’s age is called Iya meaning mother. The words Babagba, Iyagba, Baba and Iya are considered titles of family relationships and in traditional Yoruba it is considered rude to call someone older than you by their name. You only call someone younger than yourself by their name. When you call someone grandfather, grandmother, father, or mother you are giving them permission to function as father and mother. This means everyone in the village you identify as a family elder will bless you and be critical in an effort to support your personal growth. In the Yoruba language there are no words for aunt, uncle, and cousin.As a diviner one of the most common and most difficult problems I encounter is the wound caused by a fatherless child. This wound is nonexistent in a traditional Yoruba village because there is no such thing as a parentless child. Everyone receives the blessing of support from mentors as part of an extended family’.”” – Kenny Roosevelt

“…It takes a village to raise a child….”

“…..the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world…”

It is not hard to nurse a pregnancy, but it is hard to bring up a child. ~Swahili Proverb

The motherless child will suckle the grandmother. ~Bambara Proverb

Children will hate all those who give all things to them. ~African Proverb

A single hand cannot nurse a child. ~Swahili Proverb

Haste and hurry can only bear children with many regrets along the way. ~Senegalese Proverb

Train a child the way he should go and make sure you also go the same way. ~African Proverb

A child who is fearless is going to bring tears to his mother’s eyes.  ~African Proverb

The art of negotiating is acquired from childhood. ~Congolese Proverb

A child who has no mother will not have scars to show on his back. ~Nigerian Proverb

By crawling, a child learns to stand. ~West African Proverb

What the child says, he has heard at home. ~Nigerian Proverb

If a child is not well-behaved, she is not sent by the mother to go alone to the market to buy things for her. ~Nigerian Proverb

A child one does not instruct on return, one instructs him when going. ~Bantu Proverb

When a child knows how to wash his hands well, he eats with the elders. ~Tshi Proverb

An immoral father-in-law cannot advise his children well. ~African Proverb

As you do for your ancestors, your children will do for you. ~African Proverb

If your child is dancing clumsily, tell him: ‘you are dancing clumsily’; do not tell him: ‘darling, do as you please.’ ~Twi Proverb

A child who is to be successful is not to be reared exclusively on a bed of down. ~Akan Proverb

When a woman has ten children, there is nothing that happens in the night that she does not know about. ~Nigerian Proverb

A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is. ~Nigerian Proverb

What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn. ~African Proverb

A child brought up where there is always dancing cannot fail to dance. ~Nyanja Proverb

Respect a little child, and let it respect you. ~Bantu Proverb

When a man curses his own child it is a terrible thing. ~African Proverb

A child does not fear treading on dangerous ground until he or she gets hurt. ~Bukusu Proverb

When you take a knife away from a child, give him a piece of wood instead. ~Kenyan Proverb

It is the habit that a child forms at home, that follows them to their marriage. ~Nigerian Proverb

When you bear a grudge, your child will also bear a grudge. ~Rwandese Proverb

If a mother steals with a child strapped in the back what do you expect of the child. ~African Proverb

As you bring up a child, so he will be. ~Swahili Proverb

A child who fears beating, would never admit that he played with a missing knife. ~Nigerian Proverb

It is the duty of children to wait on elders, and not the elders on children. ~Kenyan Proverb

A child is what you put into him. ~Nigerian Proverb

One should punish a child the first time he comes home with a stolen egg. Otherwise, the day he returns home with a stolen ox, it will be too late. ~Ethiopian Proverb

A child is a child of everyone. ~Sudanese Proverb

Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~Bantu Proverb

When the child falls the mother weeps; when the mother falls the child laughs. ~Rwandan Proverb

Too large a morsel chokes the child. ~Mauritanian Proverb

We desire to bequest two things to our children — the first one is roots; the other one is wings. ~Sudanese Proverb

When a child is asleep a mother’s attention is on the child’s stomach. ~African Proverb

It’s a bad child who does not take advice. ~Ashanti Proverb

The good mother knows what her children will eat. ~Akan Proverb

Parents give birth to the body of their children, but not always to their characters. ~Ganda Proverb

A child is an axe; when it cuts you, you still pick it up and put it on your shoulder. ~Bemba Proverb

Only a mother would carry the child that bites. ~Nigerian Proverb

He who fears the crying of a child, will cry himself. ~Swahili Proverb

A child doesn’t breastfeed from a stepmother if its mother is still alive. ~African Proverb

Do not make the dress before the child is born. ~Tanzanian Proverb

You only understand the joys of parenthood when you have your first child, you only understand the mystery of death when in mourning. ~Bahaya Proverb

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