July 14, 2022
Swahili is a wholesome language because it possesses cultural wealth. It is also easy to learn because most of the words are written how they are said. It is a language that is rich in hybridity meaning it is a culmination of different Bantu languages, Arabic, and a few words from European languages. All this was made possible by the interaction between merchants and explorers who visited the East African coast in the 1800s.
If you have learned some Swahili or just want to be inspired by quotes in a different language then continue reading. Below is a list of 10 carefully selected and curated Swahili quotes about life.
This is a very common quote among Swahili-speaking people used to inform people that there is no need to rush in life.
This quote is equivalent to the English one ‘patience pays.’ Most people use it to encourage people that eventually things will turn out fine; they just have to be patient.
Things don’t just happen or create themselves. So while we enjoy certain things we should appreciate and recognize those that took the time to make them that way.
How many times can one meet lady luck? Probably not many! This quote is used to remind people that they should take advantage of opportunities that present themselves in life.
Sometimes we need to be reminded not to push things so much especially if they don’t seem to work. This is so, especially for those who compare themselves with their peers.
This is a cautionary quote for people to be aware that most people don’t like to see or celebrate love. Evil normally presents itself by trying to separate people.
The equivalent of this Swahili quote is ‘practice makes perfect.’ This is used to encourage people to continually sharpen their skills.
This reminds me of the song ‘Let her go' by Passenger. The song just like the above Swahili quote stresses the importance of appreciating the people in our lives when they are here.
This quote is used to encourage people to watch what they say because words are very important and they shape who we become, especially children.
Most cultures stress the importance of taking care of our health because without good health, we cannot do anything. We cannot even enjoy our material wealth if all we do is spend time in hospitals.
There is almost a Swahili quote on any situation or circumstance in life. Most of those are used as checks and balances to ensure that people live together in harmony. Swahili Women put these sayings on kangas (shawls) and wear them to pass messages subtly.
Jason is an Fulbright scholar and experienced Swahili instructor who formerly taught at Yale University. He completed an MA degree in the US, writing a thesis about Swahili commentaries on Hollywood films. He currently teaches English language and literature at a high school in Kenya while serving as the Africa Fulbright Network's Ambassador to Kenya.