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30 Interesting African Proverbs on Beauty

It is time to celebrate the African woman, her beauty and her strength. Thanks to the organisers of The Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conferences, we have the perfect avenue to do so. The event is scheduled to hold from October 7-9, 2015 at the Eko Convention Center, Victoria Island, Lagos

Read also: 7 Great Reasons to Attend the Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conferences 

To mark this event, presents 30 African proverbs on beauty, courtesy of the Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conferences:

1. One who plants grapes by the road side, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem. ~Ethiopian Proverb

2. Beautiful from behind, ugly in front. ~Uganda Proverb

3. The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart. ~Baluba proverb

4. Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty. ~Nigerian Proverb

5. A beautiful one hurts the heart. ~African Proverb

6. Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor. ~Yoruba Proverb

7. The surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on. ~Ghanaian Proverb

8. If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness. ~Nigerian Proverb

9. You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.~Congolese Proverb

10. The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. ~Ganda Proverb

11. Having beauty doesn’t mean understanding the perseverance of marriage. ~African Proverb

12. You are beautiful because of your possessions. ~Baguirmi Proverb

13. Every woman is beautiful until she speaks. ~Zimbabwean Proverb

14. Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a beautiful face. ~Moroccan Proverb

15. A beautiful thing is never perfect. ~Egyptian Proverb

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

17. There is no beauty but the beauty of action. ~Moroccan Proverb

18. Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you. ~African Proverb

19. A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character. ~Congolese Proverb

20. Youth is beauty, even in cattle. ~Egyptian Proverb

21. A pretty basket does not prevent worries. ~Congolese Proverb

22. It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons. ~African Proverb

23. The most beautiful fig may contain a worm. ~Zulu Proverb

24. It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir. ~African Proverb

25. A woman who pursues a man for sex loses her spiritual beauty. ~African Proverb

26. A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner. ~African Proverb

27. The cook does not have to be a beautiful woman. ~Shona Proverb

28. Beautiful words don’t put porridge in the pot. ~Botswana Proverb

29. She is beautiful; she has love, understands; she respects herself and others; everyone likes, loves and honors her; she is a goddess. ~African Proverb

30. There is always a winner even in a monkey’s beauty contest. ~African Proverb


Which one is your favourite? Don’t forget to register for the event here.

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Ejura Salihu is an Anatomist, Writer and Editor. She is currently the Editor-in-chief for Connect Nigeria. You can contact her via email: or follow her on twitter @icyquin_msc

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