African Wisdom Quotes; Wit & Wisdom of Africa

African Wisdom Quotes; Wit & Wisdom of Africa

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African Wisdom Quotes; Wit & Wisdom of Africa

This week, Dave and Simone will be probing into the discussion of Spiritual Enlightenment, which broadly means the acquisition of new wisdom or understanding enabling clarity of perception. It is the ability to Nehast, which means to “wake up,” or to awaken to the higher existence.

Hear 2 Help You will be enlightening our audience through African Wisdom Quotes taken from, Wit & Wisdom of Africa; Proverbs from Africa & the Caribbean, Written by Patrick Ibekwe. 

Sit back, enjoy and have fun as we use the wisdom from our fore-parents to assist us with the enlightenment that we seek.

To follow along, continue reading below.

The Wisdom Quotes we used were coupled with excerpts taken from a lecture Dave gave titled, Spiritual Enlightenment through the use of Effective Communication. The lecture was created to provide a clearer picture on why this method of communication was and still is effective in conveying its message.

As with any lesson, we begin by outlining the Learning Objectives:

  • What is Spiritual Enlightenment?
  • What is Effective Communication?
  • Explore various methods of specific Effective Communication, which convey Spiritual Enlightenment
In brief, both Spiritual Enlightenment and Effective Communication were defined as follows:
  • Broadly means the acquisition of new wisdom or understanding enabling clarity of perception

  • Enlightenment refers to the “full comprehension of a situation”.

What is Effective Communication?

  • is defined as verbal speech or other methods of relaying information that get a point across

Moustafa Gadalla and Effective Communication

The author of the book Egyptian Mystics, African scholar Moustafa Gadalla provides us with some insight on Effective Communication and the different modes used by our fore-parents.

In the section called, Reaching the Hearts and Mindslocated on pg. 161, he states the following.

There is a human tendency to overlook, deny, or ignore one’s shortcomings. In order to learn, develop, and achieve it is easier to see oneself in his/her surroundings.

To effectively communicate and influence changes in people, several forms are utilized by the mystical seekers, such as:

Storytelling, Poetry, Folkloric songs and dancing, Proverbs, Humor or a combination of some or all the above modes.

Egyptians (Africans) have an endless reservoir of such forms of teaching knowledge. These modes become the mirror in which one sees oneself through the different actors, actions, and interactions. They also cover every aspect of life and are easy to accept and adopt in such friendly/happy formats.

The different modes emphasize harmonic relationships, character building, societal duties, work, ethics, accountability, etc. These various expressions are found in the teachings of the mystical aspirants in their various fellowships, and are also demonstrated. All forms of mystical teachings have multiple meanings, depending upon how much or on what level the individual can grasp.


Proverbs are a type of literature that is distinguished/characterized by concise expression, clear meaning(s), an effective comparison (contrast), humor (as most of them are) and good writing. Each proverb has obvious and deep meanings.

In order for us to uncover the “deep” meanings in each proverb Dr. Muata Ashby tells us in The 42 Precepts of Maat (page 39)that we must:Listen, Reflect, & Meditate.

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