African Proverbs Project
Proverbs are an essential learning tool for students of African languages. In the African Proverbs Project, the Boston University African Studies Center has collected short performances by African theater troupes in their local languages. These languages include Wolof from Senegal, Hausa from Niger, Amharic from Ethiopia, Xhosa and Zulu from South Africa and Swahili from Tanzania. Each improvisation focuses on one of ten common proverbs, performed in an authentic cultural and social context. These videos are designed for advanced students of the languages and are an invaluable tool for developing language proficiency and cultural competence. Enjoy!
CHOOSE A LANGUAGE
N.B., We understand this project to be collaborative in nature. While we have worked very hard to provide excellent transcriptions and transliterations, if you as instructors or students of the language find issues with them please let us know. We can and will make edits when noted. If you as instructors have suggestions for improving the exercises please let us know this as well. You can send your suggestions to the African Studies Center at, email@example.com with the subject “African Proverbs Project Suggestion.”
Note: The African Proverbs Project was sponsored in parts by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the U.S. Department of Education International Foreign Language Education Program (IFLE). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSEP or IFLE.
Copyright: All elements of the African Proverbs Project website architecture, including without limitation, the text, software and graphics, are owned by or licensed to Boston University, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States copyright and trademark laws, and applicable foreign laws. These elements may not be published, broadcast, or otherwise distributed without the prior written permission of Boston University.