Hillary Clinton referred to her 1996 book It Takes a Village, whose title is said to be part of another saying from Africa: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Here at Goats and Soda, African countries are part of our beat. So we wondered: Are these both examples of proverbs from African countries?
According to the Internet source Wikipedia, the famous African proverb: ‘It takes a village to raise a child! ‘ originated from the Nigerian Igbo culture and proverb ‘Oran a azu nwa’, which means it takes a community or village to raise a child.
It doesn’t take a village to raise a child after all, according to University of Michigan research.
proverb Many people’s help or involvement is needed to achieve some goal. A shortening of the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Come on, you’ll never get this bill passed without their help. It takes a village , you know.
Americans would use the term for a place in another country, but not for anywhere in the US. ‘You live in a village ‘ is not particularly derogatory, it just sounds weird if talking about some place in the US.
Killmonger , in Black Panther, acted out the African proverb, “The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth,” to the letter. In other words, a child rejected by his community is in a devastating situation that often only gets worse as the child grows.
It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.
Proverbs are an integral part of African culture. Proverbs are used to illustrate ideas, reinforce arguments and deliver messages of inspiration, consolation, celebration and advice. The great Nigerian author Chinua Achebe once wrote: ” Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.”
Raising a child requires unconditional love, consistency, clear guidance, endless giving, a watchful eye, endless patience, thoughtful teaching, careful role modeling, a listening ear, a fair mind and an open heart. Following are some words of inspiration from those who have known the love of a child .
‘It Takes a Village’ by Jane Cowen-Fletcher (Scholastic Inc., New York) is the 1995 winner of the African Studies Association Trull Foundation Childerns Book Award in the Elementary Category. It is a wonderful book about raising childern in an African village.
Parenting or child rearing is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the intricacies of raising a child and not exclusively for a biological relationship.
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